While expressing optimism about the back injury that forced Josh Beckett to be scratched from his scheduled spring start yesterday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona acknowledged today that the Red Sox will be cautious in determining whether to send Beckett to Japan later this month. ...Coupled with the fact that the Red Sox have become more confident that Daisuke Matsuzaka will be available to pitch in Tokyo, the team may take the safe route and keep Beckett in the US and have him pitch Game 3 of the Oakland series.
"We're not there yet," Francona said before today's spring meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers when asked whether Beckett could be bumped from the Japan trip. "I will say this: That's not the end all and be all. ..."
The good news? Francona termed Beckett's injury muscular in nature, ruling out the possibility of a more significant injury, like a disk problem. ... The flight to Japan is an estimated 14 hours, which alone might be a deterrent to keep Beckett off the journey given that he is suffering from back spasms.
March 9, 2008
Doubts About Beckett Re Opening Day
Tony Massarotti, Herald:
by allan at 3:19 PM