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Bosox's Lackey to have surgery

Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM

BOSTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey will have Tommy John surgery and will sit out the 2012 season, General Manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday.

The 33-year-old right-hander went 12-12 with a 6.41 earned run average this year, including 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in five September starts.

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His season also was marred when he was named as one of three Boston starters alleged to have consumed beer in the clubhouse during games.

"He knows he's a much better pitcher than he showed in 2011," Cherington said. "We believe he's a much better pitcher and we're looking forward to have him on the staff in 2013."

Lackey is employed under a five-year contract he signed in December 2009.

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