John Lackey to have surgery Tuesday

Updated: October 31, 2011, 2:41 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday, a team official said Monday. The surgery, which will be performed by orthopedist Lewis Yocum in Southern California, will result in Lackey missing the 2012 season.

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New Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced at his introductory press conference that Lackey would need surgery.

"John Lackey pitched through circumstances this year that I don't think any of us can fully understand, and he got beat up for it a little bit," Cherington said. "This guy was dealing with stuff both on the field and off the field that were very difficult, and he showed tremendous toughness pitching through that."

Lackey, who is two years into a five-year, $82.5 million contract, finished the season 12-12 with an ERA of 6.41.

Meanwhile, third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who had surgery to repair a sports hernia on Oct. 4, will be "100 percent long before spring training," according to his agent, Joe Bick. The agent said the surgery went as expected, and Youkilis is embarking on a program of light cardio exercise.

Youkilis, who turns 33 in March, has had season-ending injuries in each of the last two seasons. In 2010, he underwent surgery to repair a torn adductor muscle in his thumb. He also had hip and back issues this season.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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