Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey will undergo elbow surgery and miss the entirety of the 2012 season, according to the Associated Press. Newly-minted general manager Ben Cherington made the announcement Tuesday.
"John Lackey pitched through circumstances this year that I don't think any of us in this room can fully understand," Cherington said, "He got beat up for it a little bit along the way. This guy was dealing with some stuff both on the field and off the field that were really difficult. I thought he showed tremendous toughness pitching through that."
Lackey filed for divorce late in the season from his wife, Krista, who is battling breast cancer.
Regardless of his struggles in 2011 and sitting out 2012, Cherington expects Lackey to return and be effective. "(He) knows that he's a much better pitcher than what he showed in 2011 and I believe he's going to be a much better pitcher than what he showed in 2011 and we look forward to having him as part of the staff, likely in 2013," Cherington said.