Lackey feels good after latest start

BRADENTON, Fla. -- There will come a time this spring when John Lackey starts reading into results to see where he's at in his comeback from Tommy John surgery. For now, the righty is just trying to regain his feel for pitching.

After giving up three hits and three runs over two innings on Thursday against the Pirates, Lackey remained encouraged with his progress.

"I felt good. My arm felt good," said Lackey. "Good step in the process. We added a couple of breaking balls. I threw a couple of good ones, hung a couple. It's a good step in the right direction."

All three runs came in the second inning, courtesy of a three-run homer by Jared Goedert.

"Three up and downs when you consider the warm ups," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "I thought he had much better fastball command today than five days ago. He mixed three pitches in for strikes today. One breaking ball stayed up in the middle of the plate for him. But I thought today was another progressive step for him."