ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — John Lackey threw two simulated innings this afternoon from the mound at Tropicana Field.
Facing teammates Guillermo Quiroz, Ivan De Jesus, Daniel Nava and Mauro Gomez, Lackey threw 27 pitches plus warm-ups. Based on watching from the press box, Lackey looked pretty good. He retired six of the eight hitters he faced and seemed to have pretty good hop on his fastball. Lackey didn’t throw any cutters.
The righthander will next report to Fort Myers and is scheduled to start an intrasquad game on Sunday. That will essentially end his pitching for the season.
Based on what he has done to this point, Lackey should enter spring training without any restrictions. He had Tommy John surgery last Nov. 1.
• Jon Lester was the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for community service. Tim Wakefield won the award in 2010 and David Ortiz in 2011.
• Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler and pitching coach Rich Sauveur will join the Red Sox coaching staff on Friday. The Paw Sox are in the Triple A National Championship game tonight in Durham, N.C., against Reno.
• No word yet on which Pawtucket players will be called up. The Paw Sox players on the 40-man roster are RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Zach Stewart, INF Danny Valencia, and OF Che-Hsuan Lin.
Those players called up will join the team here on Wednesday.
• Alfredo Aceves has pitched one inning since Sept. 8, the residue of his assorted unprofessional acts. Asked when he might pitch again, Valentine smiled and said Aceves could pitch in long relief at some point.