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Red Sox waiting for further news on John Lackey

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 7, 2013 06:37 PM

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TORONTO — There's a plane to catch and a house to see for the first time since Feb. 4. But here are a few notes:

• As of Sunday night, the Red Sox were waiting to get the results of John Lackey's MRI further interpreted. General manager Ben Cherington said the exam showed Lackey having a strained bicep muscle.

“We’ll sit down with John [Monday] and map out what our plan is and what is in his best interests,” manager John Farrell said.

Lackey was scheduled to start on Friday. But it seems likely that he is headed to the disabled list for at least two weeks.

“First and foremost is John’s well-being,” Farrell said. “Given all that he’s come through, or in this case just the fact that a pitcher walked off the mound in the midst of an at-bat, we’ve got to be cautious with this.”

The Sox haven’t said who would start in Lackey’s place if needed. Alfredo Aceves followed him to the mound on Saturday and threw 3.2 innings.

“I feel good and if I need to start, I can start,” Aceves said on Sunday. It’s like a wave, the way you build up. I’m on a good wave.”

With the day off on Tuesday, the Sox could simply skip that spot in the rotation for one turn.

• Stephen Drew, who is on a rehabilitation assignment after recovering from a concussion, was 0 for 4 with a walk for Portland in Sunday’s 9-7 loss against Trenton and played eight innings in the field. He is 1 for 10 in three games.

Drew was expected back on Monday. But Portland’s game on Saturday was postponed by the cold.

“Just talking with him late [Saturday] afternoon, he felt an additional 8-10 at-bats would be helpful,” Farrell said. “He’s starting to feel much more comfortable.”

Drew is scheduled to play the entire game for Portland on Monday.

As Drew recovers, Jose Iglesias is 9 of 17 filling in for him. He was 2 for 5 with a double on Sunday. But the Sox have said all along that Drew will play shortstop once he is ready.

• Rookie left fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .143 (3 of 21) after six games, albeit with a .333 on-base percentage thanks to five walks. He was 1 for 11 against the Jays.

“They attacked him on the inside part of the plate a little bit. They did a good job. They mixed up some breaking balls for strikes,” Farrell said. “They spread the zone away from him. I don’t think he expanded [his strike zone] that much. He saw some fastballs at the belt and above I don’t think he’s seen all that much of. He’s learning.”

Bradley has played every inning of the season in left field and had a direct role in contributing to three of the four victories.

“Any level you go to, you need to adjust,” he said. “I’m seeing what they’re doing with me. I’ll be OK.”

• The Red Sox have yet to commit an error. Pedro Ciriaco was unjustly charged with a throwing error in the ninth inning before the scorer reversed his call.

• Daniel Nava started at first base for the first time and played seven seamless innings. He also was 1 for 3 with a home run, a sacrifice fly and a walk. “The game moves fast on the infield,” said Nava, who as a professional had played only the outfield. “It was fun, actually.”

• Mike Carp became the last Red Sox player to get in a game when he pinch hit in the eighth inning and lined to shortstop.

• The Red Sox were out-homered 8-2 by the opposition before Sunday. Now it’s 8-8.

• Red Sox pitchers have 58 strikeouts and only 15 walks.

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