FORT MYERS, Fla. — It's game day for the Red Sox.
After 11 days of workouts and a doubleheader against two college teams, the Red Sox host a split-squad of Tampa Bay Rays at 1:35 p.m. John Lackey will be on the mound for one inning in his quasi-official return from Tommy John surgery.
Lackey hasn't faced big league hitters since Sept. 25, 2011. He had surgery on Nov. 1 and has been recovering in the 16 months since.
Lackey has looked good in camp, the movement in his fastball evident in bullpen and BP sessions. This spring will be about him taking gradual steps in preparation for the season. He'll get eight starts in all with the aim of pitching a total of 24-27 innings and getting to 95-100 pitches in the penultimate spring start.
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