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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (37) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (0) / LAA
Contract: view contract details
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John Lackey limited the Pirates to one run over five innings of work in a 6-4 victory on Tuesday.
It's just the third time in his last 12 starts that he's walked three-plus batters, but Lackey was able to keep the Pirates in check in spite of a little wildness. This was the veteran right-hander's final start of the regular season, as they'll give him a simulated game or something next week in preparation for his NLDS Game 4 (if there is one) start. Lackey will turn 38 next month but has put up arguably the best two seasons of his career in back-to-back campaigns. Sep 27 - 11:34 PM

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John Lackey held the Reds to two runs in seven innings as the Cubs won 9-2 on Wednesday.

He was more efficient than dominant -- striking out four, walking one and giving up five hits on 87 pitches. Both runs came in the second inning when the Reds strung some hits together. Lackey came back after that and tossed zeroes for five more frames. He is now 10-8 with a nice 3.39 ERA in 183 1/3 innings. He missed a few starts in August due to a sore shoulder but has pitched well since returning and is seemingly healthy again.
Sep 22 - 12:57 AM

John Lackey allowed three homers and four runs but struck out eight over seven frames to take a no-decision in Friday's 5-4 extra-innings win over the Brewers.

Ryan Braun, Scooter Gennett and Orland Arcia all took Lackey deep, but the three bombs resulted in only four runs. The veteran right-hander gave up nine hits total and walked a pair on the day. Lackey has pitched pretty well in three starts since returning from a shoulder injury, so it appears he'll be fine. He'll face the Cardinals in his next outing.
Sep 16 - 5:59 PM

John Lackey pitched well in Saturday's loss to the Astros, allowing two runs on four hits over his six frames.

The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out five on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came in the third inning where Alex Bregman homered and Marwin Gonzalez plated a run with a sacrifice bunt. He'll carry a terrific 3.35 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into Friday's start against the Brewers.
Sep 10 - 4:06 PM

Cubs activated RHP John Lackey from the 15-day disabled list.

Lackey will rejoin the rotation on Sunday versus the Giants after missing three weeks of action with a right shoulder strain. The veteran starter has put up a 3.41 ERA and 156/43 K/BB ratio over 158 1/3 innings for the Cubbies this season.
Sep 4 - 12:17 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) has officially been cleared to rejoin the Cubs' rotation on Sunday against the Giants.

Lackey had no issues in a bullpen session Thursday, but the Cubs wanted to make sure he felt fine Friday before officially naming him the starter for Sunday. The veteran right-hander will have missed three weeks of action with a right shoulder strain.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 12:37 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Cubs' rotation on Sunday against the Giants after getting through a bullpen session Thursday with no issues.

The Cubs won't officially name him Sunday's start until seeing how he feels Friday, but things are looking up. Lackey has missed the last two and a half weeks of action with a strained right shoulder.
Sep 1 - 5:35 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) could return from the disabled list Sunday versus the Giants.

Lackey threw a successful bullpen session Monday and will go through a similar workout Thursday. The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list since August 15 because of a minor shoulder strain. He holds a 3.41 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 156/43 K/BB ratio in 158 1/3 innings this season with the first-place Cubs.
Aug 30 - 6:26 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) will throw two bullpen sessions before rejoining the Cubs' rotation.

The first one will come on Monday. Mike Montgomery will make another start Wednesday in Lackey's place, but it sounds like the veteran right-hander might be ready to rejoin the Cubs' rotation by the end of this week. He's missed the last two weeks with a right shoulder strain.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 3:36 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Monday at Wrigley Field.

It will be his first time throwing off the bump since he suffered a right shoulder strain in his August 14 outing. Lackey will not be ready for his next turn on Wednesday, which means Mike Montgomery will get another start. It's unclear what the next step will be for Lackey after Monday.
Aug 28 - 9:45 AM

John Lackey (shoulder) is aiming to throw a bullpen session this weekend in Los Angeles.

Lackey had a good game of catch Tuesday in San Diego and will go through a similar workout Wednesday. The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list since August 19, retroactive to August 15, with a shoulder strain. The first-place Cubs can play it safe with Lackey and probably will do just that.
Aug 23 - 6:49 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) knew he wasn't going to be able to make his next start when he felt discomfort when trying to throw Wednesday.

"It wasn't a great day that day," Lackey said. An MRI was ordered for the following day and it revealed a right shoulder strain. Lackey said that he should rejoin the rotation soon after he resumes throwing, although it's unclear at this point when that will happen. "It's not going to take a whole lot of time to get ramped up," said Lackey. "I'll be able to go out there pretty quickly as soon as I start throwing." The veteran right-hander is eligible to return on August 30.
Aug 21 - 9:44 AM

Cubs placed RHP John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 15, with a right shoulder strain.

Lackey had to leave his last outing with a bit of shoulder tightness. The initial hope was that he'd be ready for his next start, but the Cubs have decided to exercise caution here. Lackey should be ready to return later this month.
Aug 19 - 5:17 PM

MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that the Cubs are expected to place John Lackey (shoulder) on the disabled list.

Muskat says that Hector Rondon (triceps) is headed to the DL, as well. Lackey left his last outing with a bit of shoulder tightness and Rondon has been battling a triceps issue for a few weeks. Both moves are considered precautionary, as the Cubs can afford to not take any risks with such a big lead in the National League Central.
Aug 19 - 12:58 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch against the Padres on Tuesday.

Lackey came down with a tight right shoulder in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. In order to allow him a few days off before his next turn, manager Joe Maddon has juggled the rotation. As things set up now, Kyle Hendricks, Mike Montgomery and Jason Hammel are scheduled to start against the Rockies for this weekend's three-game set, with Jon Lester, Lackey and Jake Arrieta set to go against the Padres in the following series. The hope here is that Lackey will have sufficient time to rest up and avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Aug 17 - 5:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
4Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
5Joe Smith
6Trevor Cahill
7Carl Edwards Jr.
8Travis Wood
9Justin Grimm
10Zac Rosscup
11Rob Zastryzny
12Felix Pena
13Jake Buchanan
14Spencer Patton