MLB: Angels’ Lackey could return to mound on Monday
ARLINGTON, Texas — Angels starter John Lackey could return to the mound on Monday night following an early exit from his season debut, when he was ejected after throwing two pitches at Rangers leadoff man Ian Kinsler.
“I’m probably going to start (Monday),” Lackey said as he left the field prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Rangers. “It will be good to get back out there.”
On Saturday, Lackey’s first pitch sailed behind Kinsler’s head. The next offering hit Kinsler in the ribs, and plate umpire Bob Davidson immediately ejected the right-hander, much to the surprise of Lackey, manager Mike Scioscia and the rest of the Angels.
Lackey was activated from the disabled list to make the start after missing six weeks of the season due to a forearm strain.
Scioscia said he was open to the possibility of Lackey starting the opener of a four-game road series against the Seattle Mariners.
“We’ll see how he feels after going through his routine,” Scioscia said.
If Lackey starts on Monday night, he’d be replacing 30-year-old rookie right-hander Matt Palmer, who’s 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA. Otherwise, Lackey wasn’t scheduled to start until Thursday.