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Lackey questionable for next start

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 9, 2011 10:35 PM

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — John Lackey is questionable for his start Wednesday after being hit on the left calf by a batted ball tonight.

Lackey was examined by one of the Rays doctors. The ball left a bruise and caused swelling.

"It’s sore, he got hit hard. … Hopefully it’ll subside enough where he can make his next start. We’ll certainly keep an eye on it," Terry Francona said.

Said Lackey: "I don’t think it will affect [his next start0. I told them I could keep going back out there. But obviously I wasn’t pitching very well so that wouldn’t have helped us much anyway."

Lackey was walking gingerly after the game.

Other updates:

• Francona said Kevin Youkilis has bursitis in his left hip and received an injection. He could rejoin the team this weekend. Earlier tonight, the Globe reported that Youkilis also has a sports hernia, an injury that is likely to require surgery after the season.

Francona did not deny that report when asked about it. "I can't help if somebody reports that," he said. "I'm out there like trying like hell to win a game. You know what I'm saying? I have no way to write something in a story. I told you what I was told."

Erik Bedard will rejoin the team today. No word on when his next start will be.

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