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Josh Beckett cleared to return from concussion, but won’t pitch until next week

Mar 2, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

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Josh Beckett passed a series of brain function tests this morning after displaying “mild concussion symptoms” when struck on the head by an errant ball during batting practice Monday and has been cleared to resume light activities, but Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox have scratched him from tomorrow’s scheduled start.

Terry Francona explained that Beckett “will do some biking and some light throwing and see how he progresses from there” before the Red Sox line up his next outing.

And in a sign that the Red Sox aren’t fretting too much about Beckett’s status, Francona joked with reporters that the brain function tests were “hard for him because he’s illiterate … even on a good day, it’s probably not real good.” Given the latest news about Justin Morneau‘s now eight-month recovery from a concussion suffered in July, the Red Sox and Beckett should feel very fortunate.

  1. ricksterjazz - Mar 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Maybe he will think twice now about throwing at people, which he has been known to do .

    • bigharold - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      No he won’t because as Francona points out, he already isn’t a great thinker.

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    “And in a sign that the Red Sox aren’t fretting too much about Beckett’s status, Francona joked with reporters that the brain function tests were “hard for him because he’s illiterate … even on a good day, it’s probably not real good.”

    Oh dear……. he said that? Goodness to heavens to Betsy. I may just have a spell over here with people joking around like THAT!! Shame on you Mr. Francona, shame on you.

    • bigharold - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      Yeah, where is that hall monitor from yesterday?

      • cur68 - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:58 PM

        likely off somewhere spluttering in incoherent rage or composing an op-ed piece to send to Fancona’ twitter account in 140 characters or less

      • JBerardi - Mar 2, 2011 at 6:21 PM

        I stand by my statements.

  3. cur68 - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    I’m relieved to read this, frankly. The big ape needs to be in baseball (because otherwise he’d be wandering around amongst the decent folk). I can’t wait to see him v. Yankee batting the summer.

  4. phukyouk - Mar 2, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    “passed a series of brain function tests this morning ”

    Tester: Josh, Whats 4×9?
    Josh: ummm.. 49?
    Tester: *looking at the Sox staff with a look of surprise*
    Trainers: nah.. he wouldnt get that on a good day. JOSH HOW DO YOU FEEL
    Josh: Akward smile
    Trainer: yes hes good to go.

  5. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 2, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    personally i did not loet any sleep over a douche bag like him getting beaned, i would have liked to see him plunked by a 98 mph AJ Burnette FASTBALL….. ZING.

    • cur68 - Mar 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM

      rap; I swear its like there’s two of you posting with the same name. One post lucid and the next deranged. Just what kind of rap are you listening too, anyways? I want to know because I am staying away from it.

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