Cubs’ John Lackey: ‘Two places for me to be — starting or at home’

Cubs right-hander John Lackey, 38, pitched five innings of one-run ball Tuesdayin Chicago’s 5-1 win over the Braves, appearing to muffle talk about his standing in a fortified Cubsrotation.Lackey, 38, hadn’t pitched since July 5 because of plantar fasciitis butshowed his typical tenacity onthe mound and in the postgame clubhouse.Had he thought a move to the bullpen was coming?”No, that ship has sailed,” Lackey told reporters https://www.philliesedges.com/philadelphia-phillies/aaron-altherr-jersey with a smile (via the Chicago Tribune).”That ain’t going to happen. There’s two places for me to be: starting or at home. https://www.philliesedges.com/philadelphia-phillies/darren-daulton-jersey Except for the playoffs or in big games we can compromise.”The Cubs addedleft-hander Jose Quintana via trade and will see the return next week ofKyle Hendricks, out since June 4 with a strained tendon in hisright middle finger.Lackey, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta also are starters who could set up the Cubs, who’ve won five straight after Tuesday, for a big second half after struggling for much of the season.”We have guys that have done it before,guys who take pride in what they do and want to do better than we did in the first half, for sure,” Lackey said.Of the group, Lackey (6-9),who carried a career 3.88 ERA Drew Hutchison Jersey into the season, has the highest ERA (5.04) by almost a full run.And despite his one-run outing Tuesday, he surrendered his 25th home run of the season, tops in the National League.So it’s likely the questions will keep coming.

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