John Lackey leaves first start since 2011 with right biceps strain

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Red Sox right-hander John Lackey left Saturday's start against the Blue Jays with what the team says is a right biceps strain. He was making his first start since September 2011 after having Tommy John surgery. Here's the play in question:

Lackey, 34, left the game immediately with his right arm hanging by his side. He was in obvious pain and grabbing at his elbow/bicep. Replays showed him flexing his arm a few pitches earlier.

Before the injury, Lackey had allowed two runs on five hits while striking out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He'd thrown 76 pitches.

A strain is a tear by definition, but the team has yet to release any details about the severity of the injury.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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