I think he thought he'd wake up, take a hot shower and go about his business. When that didn't happen, he called me and John Farrell, and it wasn't a real difficult decision ... He could have [pitched], but it didn't seem like today was the day to do that.A little bit of rest before the ALDS cannot be a bad thing, either. The Red Sox won't disrupt their pitching rotation this week; Beckett will simply make his scheduled start on Saturday.
Jon Lester threw a 55-pitch session on flat ground yesterday.
I felt fine. No problems. Just the normal long tossing and everything. ... I felt good this morning when I woke up and walking around and everything. But there's that question in your mind, "OK, when I get on the mound, is it going to bug me?" And it didn't. Everything was good. I'm sure [starting on] Thursday is fine.Mike Lowell received an injection of cortisone and Synvisc in his right hip and will be out for the next three days or so.