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Unknown injury sidelines Beckett

Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:18 am
BeckettBy Evan Brunell

Josh Beckett left Monday's game with what was thought to be a sprained right ankle -- except it's not.

No one quite knows what the actual injury is, so a timetable can't be brought to bear until the correct diagnosis, which Beckett hopes he will get when seeing foot specialist Dr. George Theodore on Tuesday back in Boston.

"It felt like it was locked up and then it popped in and out of socket or something, I don't know," Beckett explained to WEEI, saying this is an injury he's never experienced before. "It was definitely a definitive feeling for my ankle."

Beckett, who is notorious for holding onto the ball for inordinate amounts of time when pitching, said he usually likes to hurry up and deliver the next pitch when he feels injured, but couldn't even do that after the injury, which could result in him behind out for the year or making his next start.
"I don't know," said Beckett about the injury. "I've never had anything like this. I could wake up tomorrow and feel like playing basketball. We'll just see."

It's a sobering injury to happen to Beckett, who was enjoying a renaissance season that could end up being a career-best. Through 27 starts, Beckett has a 2.49 ERA in 173 2/3 innings, which would have put him on target to potentially eclipse his career-high in innings pitched, set in 2009 when he threw 214 innings. By this time of the season in '09, Beckett was at 181 1/3.

The Red Sox's rotation may be falling apart at the wrong time. The team already lost Clay Buchholz to a back issue that has kept him out since mid-June. He's trying to make it back as a reliever, but may run out of time. Daisuke Matsuzaka, of course, is out for the year with Tommy John surgery while Tim Wakefield and Andrew Miller have been fairly poor fill-ins. Then you have John Lackey, who is beating A.J. Burnett out for title of worst five-year deal given to a free-agent pitcher in the AL East. Meanwhile, Erik Bedard's next start is being skipped due to a MCL sprain in his right knee, which caused him to miss a month earlier this year. Without Beckett, that leaves just Jon Lester as an arm to rely on.

Boston has been one of the best teams all season long, but has started slipping behind in the AL East race. While Boston will make the playoffs regardless thanks to the wild card, they could be bounced in the first round unless the rotation comes together quickly.

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Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:35 pm

Unknown injury sidelines Beckett

Josh probably had a pebble in his shoe.....thats good for 15 day DL stay...he can join Nancy Drew with his sore pinkie..or Lowrey with his pain in the neck every other week...the list goes on and on... sure hope Jacoby doesnt get hit in the back again...who will hit the ball then?.....Youk can't, he is only hitting 255 but that because he only gets one swing after he takes one down the middle, then checks one.....dresses anyone? Gees...where are the Bruins when you need them?

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:08 pm

Unknown injury sidelines Beckett

This is why I laughed when I saw the "We are going to win it all!" comments in the beginning of the season (for the record, fans from all teams do this. It is not just a Red Sox thing.) It is a long season with many turns. Who thought that Colon and Garcia would pitch so well for the Yankees? Who knew that Buch, Dicek-K, and now possibly Beckett (???) would miss so much time and that Lackey would be so bad? Anything can happen and the season is not played on paper in April.

Let's hope he makes it back and the Yanks beat him the old fashioned way. Laughing 

Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:07 pm

Unknown injury sidelines Beckett

C'mon Sox fans, you should know Beckett is going to miss a month a season even in the good odd years. 

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:45 pm

Unknown injury sidelines Beckett

Maybe he can borrow Schilling's sock.  

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:00 pm

Unknown injury sidelines Beckett

I hope this is only a precautionary measure to see if Josh Beckett really did any damage to his ankle.  If this is more than just a sprain the Sox could be in some serious trouble :(

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