Lackey, Matsuzaka trying new approaches to spring

BY foxsports • February 18, 2010

Red Sox starters John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka are taking new approaches to spring training this year in hopes of avoiding arm troubles that have bothered them in the past.

Lackey has started the previous two seasons on the disabled list. He says this year he's taking a more conservative approach to camp to get ready for Opening Day.

Lackey threw about 40 pitches on the side on Thursday, when pitchers and catchers reported for the Red Sox. Lackey signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract this offseason as the prize pitching free agent.

Matsuzaka won just four games in an injury plagued 2009. He says he's been limited by a sore back, but promised to be more forthcoming with the Red Sox trainers about his injuries this season.

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