Red Sox P John Lackey on A-Rod: He shouldn’t be playing
Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey said he should not have to face New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez this weekend in light of Rodriguez receiving a 211-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.
Lackey is scheduled to pitch on Saturday at Fenway Park in the second game of a three-game set against the Yankees.
“I’ve got a problem with it. You bet I do,” Lackey told the Boston Globe. ”How is he still playing? He obviously did something and he’s playing. I’m not sure that’s right. … It’s pretty evident he’s been doing stuff for a lot of years I’ve been facing him.”
Lackey, who is 7-10 with a 3.32 ERA this season, said that Rodriguez is a constant topic of conversation in their clubhouse.
“Sure, we talk about it,” he said. “But talking to the media about it is a little bit different. People have strong feelings.
“He took me deep the first time I faced him as a rookie, and he admitted to doing stuff back then. There are a lot of things I want back from him.”