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Josh Beckett throws bullpen session, but not close to return

Jun 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

On the disabled list with lower back soreness for the past five weeks, Josh Beckett threw a bullpen session yesterday at Fenway Park.
According to general manager Theo Epstein he’ll likely need at least one more throwing session before potentially beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe speculates that “the earliest he could return is roughly the first week of July, but it’s likely to be later than that as the Sox will want to make sure Beckett is OK and not in danger of altering his mechanics.”
Beckett had a 7.29 ERA in eight starts before landing on the disabled list, including back-to-back ugly outings against the Yankees that saw him allow 14 runs in 10 innings before being shut down.

  1. adam - Jun 22, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    This seems like a lot of work just to prove that Francona removed him for injury purposes, doesn’t it?

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