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Josh Beckett exits with hyperextended left knee

Jul 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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9:20 p.m. EDT: Beckett was removed with the Red Sox are calling a mildly hyperextended left knee.  The team said it was a precaution and that he’s listed as day-to-day.

Common sense would dictate that he’ll be scratched from the All-Star Game, even though it looks like he’ll be ready to pitch after the break.

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Red Sox All-Star right-hander Josh Beckett left his start Friday against the Orioles after five innings with an apparent leg injury.

Beckett, who opened the game with four scoreless innings, appeared to slip on the mound while delivering a pitch in the fifth.  The trainer came out to look at him, but all Beckett asked for at the time was for a little work to be done on the mound.

Beckett got his wish, but he struggled over the rest of the inning.  Having already allowed a homer to Derrek Lee, he went on to walk two batters and give up two RBI singles before striking out Vladimir Guerrero to end the frame.

After the inning, Beckett walked into the tunnel with the trainer and a Red Sox team doctor and never came back out.  Matt Albers replaced him in the sixth with Boston up 8-3.

Beckett didn’t appear to be walking with a significant limp, so hopefully this is just a minor injury for him.  Still, it’s more distressing news for the Red Sox, who just lost a third starter to the DL when Jon Lester suffered a strained lat muscle Tuesday.

  1. aceshigh11 - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Fantastic.

    Beckett, Lester AND Buchholz ALL battling injuries.

    Who would’ve thought that the elderly Wakefield would be our most durable guy out there?

  2. cur86 - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    I was at the game down in field boxes when suddenly Beckett grabbed his knee with both hands, danced a little ditty in a semi-circle to the delight of the crowd, and then as he saw the trainer coming out his way screamed out: “Oh My ‘EFFING knee!!!”. :-o

    • bigharold - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      Was he doing a full blown Papelbon jig or just a warm up?

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