The Red Sox got some bad news yesterday — John Lackey will miss the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

 

Or is that good news?

 

Red Sox fans’ worst nightmare in the starting rotation was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA this past season.

He was even worse in September as Boston collapsed down the stretch, going 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA?in five starts.

 

Lackey was also mentioned in reporting after the season which mentioned pitchers drinking beer in the clubhouse.

 

“John Lackey pitched through circumstances this year that not everyone in this room could understand,” Boston’s new general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday.