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Josh Beckett returns from concussion with good outing against Astros

Mar 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Josh Beckett shook off the mild concussion he sustained last Monday to toss 3.2 innings of one-run ball against the Astros today, striking out four batters.

In addition to avoiding any post-concussion symptoms Beckett also told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that his back problems have improved after limiting him to just 21 starts last season:

I feel different walking around. More stability than anything. It’s not like it feels stronger, but more stable. Balanced is a good word for it. Balance is huge in pitching. It keeps me healthy.

Obviously getting healthy is key for Beckett, but even setting aside the injury issues his 116/46 K/BB ratio in 128 innings last season suggested he pitched much better than the ugly 5.78 ERA would indicate. Based on his strikeout, walk, and ground-ball numbers Beckett posted a solid 4.01 xFIP.

  1. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    karma you douche.

  2. bigtrav425 - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    good news for my fantasy team….got him in the 10th round! gonna be a steal if he is even close to his real form

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