Significant injuries in Boston sports history
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On Ben Cherington's first day as Red Sox general manager in Oct. 2011, he announced that righthander Jon Lackey (right) would undergo Tommy John elbow surgery, a procedure that would keep him out for the entire 2012 season. Lackey was coming off one of the worst seasons in baseball history, going 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 2011. Over 160 innings, he allowed 203 hits and 56 walks and hit 19 batters. When Lackey was on the disabled list in May 2011 because of elbow pain, an MRI at the time showed ligament damage. But the decision was made for him to continue pitching.