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Is John Lackey's Injury A Good Thing?

New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington waited about 45 minutes into his introductory press conference to drop a bomb: Boston starting pitcher and acclaimed fried- chicken-eater/beer-drinker John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery for an elbow injury.

The immediate response can be summed up by SB Nation Boston editor Gethin Coolbaugh: "Cherington basically told Red Sox fans that they won't have to watch John Lackey miss the strike zone for three hours every fifth night in the summer, and honestly, that's the greatest thing you can tell anyone. Ever."

And while it's understandable that Sox fans would want Lackey out of their sight, there's still the question: Is this *really* a good thing? Boston Globe's Bob Ryan and Joe Sullivan debate after the jump. (Then YOU give your two cents in the comments, please.)

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