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.