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John Lackey impresses in bullpen

Updated: August 19, 2012, 8:12 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine watched a bullpen session thrown by John Lackey before Sunday night's series finale with the New York Yankees and came away with glowing praise.

Lackey, who has been out the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, threw 45 pitches in the bullpen at Yankee Stadium, and Valentine said "35 to 37 of his pitches were excellent."

"He threw with an ease of motion and with perfect location," the manager said. "I was ...

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