By Matt Snyder
Red Sox All-Star pitcher Josh Beckett threw a side session Friday to test his mildly injured knee and everything reportedly felt fine. He's been named the starter for Sunday (Boston Herald via Twitter). The start was in question after Beckett was unable to get ready to pitch Tuesday in the All-Star Game. It's worth noting Beckett promised his manager, Terry Francona, that if he felt anything at all he wouldn't throw in the game. He even said he would have pitched that night if he was playing for the Red Sox, not the AL All-Stars. Considering he's ready to start Sunday, he must have felt something very minor in Phoenix Tuesday.
The news has to come as a huge relief for the Red Sox. Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka are on the disabled list and John Lackey is still struggling. If Beckett was forced to hit the disabled list, the Red Sox would have been moving forward with a pretty patchwork rotation. At least with Beckett around, they have an ace starting every fifth day.
Beckett, 31, is 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 111 innings. He's on pace for the best season of his career.
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