BOSTON — Red Sox manager John Farrell said pitcher John Lackey probably won’t take his next turn in Boston’s rotation.
Lackey walked off the mound with pain in his right arm Saturday. That was his first start after major elbow surgery.
Farrell said an MRI showed inflammation but no tear in Lackey’s biceps. The manager said before Monday’s home opener against Baltimore that it’s unlikely Lackey will make his start Friday. But the Red Sox aren’t ready to put the right-hander on the disabled.
It’s also possible Lackey could be pushed back just a few days.
Lackey sat out last season after elbow ligament-replacement surgery in November 2011. He struck out eight Toronto batters before leaving Saturday’s game, which Boston lost 5-0.
Clemens recalled; Fields on DL: In Seattle, reliever Josh Fields has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Houston Astros with a right forearm strain.
The Astros made the move on Monday ahead of their series opener against the Seattle Mariners, retroactive to April 4. Houston recalled Paul Clemens from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Fields’ spot. It is Clemens first appearance on an active major league roster.
Fields was the first-round draft pick of the Mariners in 2008. He was taken in the first-round of the 2012 Rule 5 Draft from the Boston Red Sox organization and made the Astros opening day roster after posting a 2.31 ERA in 12 spring training appearances. Fields had faced just two batters this season.
Clemens made one start for Oklahoma City this season.
Francona gets lost before home opener: In Cleveland, new Indians manager Terry Francona said he got lost making a two-block walk to Progressive Field for the home opener.
Francona, who is living in downtown Cleveland during the season, was thankful there were people on the streets Monday morning “because I got lost three times.” Francona joked that he doesn’t have a good sense of direction and was glad someone finally picked him up in a golf cart and got him to the ballpark.
Boston’s manager for eight seasons, Francona said “Cleveland is officially the nicest people I’ve ever met. Everybody I did walk by said, ‘Hello.’ That’s a little different than I’m used to.”
Francona said he was looking forward to catching a ceremonial first pitch from his father, Tito, who played outfield for the Indians from 1959-64.
City, team close to Wrigley renovation: In Chicago, the Cubs and the city appear to be close to announcing a long-awaited $500 million renovation project for Wrigley Field.
“I think it’s going in the right direction,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said. “I think we’ve worked through a lot of issues over the weekend. I’ll just leave it at that.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, whose district includes Wrigley Field, were sitting in the front row next to the Cubs’ dugout for the home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. The duo would be a prominent part of any agreement, and Ricketts came down to talk to them early in the game.
The Cubs have said they spend as much as $15 million a year to keep up with the repairs. Wrigley is the second-oldest in the major leagues behind only Boston’s Fenway Park.
The Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009 for $845 million and has made updating Wrigley a priority.
Team bus hit on way to Rangers game: In Arlington, Texas, a bus taking Tampa Bay players and staff from their hotel to Rangers Ballpark was in a minor accident that didn’t result in any injuries.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said the bus was making a left turn soon after leaving the team’s Fort Worth hotel when it was hit by another vehicle. Maddon described the impact as “innocuous” and “really little, to the point where you didn’t even know.”
There was about a 15-minute delay while the bus driver got out and addressed the situation.