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Red Sox | John Lackey could avoid DL

Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (biceps) could avoid a trip to the disabled list, according to manager John Farrell. Lackey suffered a right biceps strain in his outing Sunday, April 7, and an MRI exam showed no structural damage. "He's improved," said Farrell. "He's still in a 48-to-72-hour recovery period. There's no roster move to announce of any kind right now. The most encouraging thing is that following the MRI, it showed some inflammation in the biceps. That's been it. He's set for re-exam today. After we get that information, we'll map out our plan of attack going forward." The team won't need a fifth starter until Sunday, April 14, and P Alfredo Aceves would be the likely choice if Lackey can't pitch.

Fantasy Tip: The good news is that Lackey's latest injury has nothing to do with his surgically-repaired right elbow. Aceves is worth a speculative pickup in AL universes if you're looking for more pitching.

2013-04-08 11:32:17 | Source: MLB.com - Ian Browne

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