The Los Angeles Angels said ace right-hander John Lackey will be shut down because of elbow soreness and his scheduled Opening Day start April 6 in now in question, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Lackey's injury, flared up Sunday against Kansas City, when he was reached for seven runs in four innings. According to The Times, Lackey did not beleive the injury was serious.
"I could have played catch [Wednesday], but they wanted me to wait another day," said Lackey, who opened the 2008 season on the disabled list because of a strained right triceps. "It's a little different than last spring. It's not that bad."
Lackey, who threw 90 pitches against the Royals, did not have an MRI test. He will skip Friday's scheduled start and is not expected to pitch again until next Wednesday, giving him nine days between starts, according to The Times.