John Lackey slated for June 5 return from elbow injury

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John Lackey threw a 40-pitch bullpen session yesterday and said afterward that his injured elbow “felt pretty good” and “definitely a lot better than I’ve been feeling.”

According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal he’ll throw another bullpen session Friday and then head out on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, which barring a setback would put Lackey in line to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Red Sox’s rotation on June 5 against the A’s.

Lackey has been on the shelf since April 15 and went 2-5 with an 8.01 ERA in seven starts prior to being shut down, telling Britton that the elbow problems date back further than his final pre-DL start.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.