If the Red Sox fall apart in 2012, fans won't have one of their favorite targets to blame.

New general manager Ben Cherington dropped a bombshell during his introductory press conference yesterday, disclosing that right-hander John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and probably miss the season.

No one ever wants to see a player hurt or cut open, but this could be a win-win for all involved.