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Update: Josh Beckett to have injured ankle examined

Sep 5, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

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6:40 p.m. EDT update: According to the Boston Globe, Josh Beckett will have his injured ankle examined Tuesday by Dr. George Theodore in Boston.

“It felt like it was locked up and then like it popped in and out of socket or something,” Beckett said after the game.

The Red Sox should know more about his status after the evaluation tomorrow.

“It’s pretty bad timing,” Beckett said. “But I could be back out there in six days. We’ll see. Let’s not put the cart in front of the horse. Let’s do our due diligence.”

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Update: The Red Sox have announced that Beckett has a sprained right ankle.  No timetable for his return was provided.

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On the heels of losing Erik Bedard (knee) for at least a week and Bobby Jenks (back) likely for the rest of the season, the last thing the Red Sox needed was another pitching injury.  Unfortunately for them, Josh Beckett just came out of Monday’s game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning with a leg problem.

Beckett had pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out six before departing with a right foot or ankle injury.  It’s unclear how he got hurt, but he couldn’t push off the foot and he came out without trying any warmup pitches.

With a 12-5 record and a 2.49 ERA, Beckett has arguably been the AL’s second best pitcher this year.  If he has to miss a couple of turns, the Red Sox would be left with a rotation of Jon Lester, John Lackey, Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller and maybe Kyle Weiland.

  1. mlp3180 - Sep 5, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    It’s a sprained right ankle.

  2. Lukehart80 - Sep 5, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    “Beckett has arguably been the AL’s second best pitcher this year.”

    It wouldn’t be a very good argument, but I suppose you could make it.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 5, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      Quite true. Third or fourth, maybe, but not second-best.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Sprained right ankle.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      In the meanwhile, 21 year old rookie Henderson Alvarez has not allowed a run over 6 innings. He is due to be replaced in the 7th.

      • cur68 - Sep 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        Kid’s been just excellent eh? What a nice surprise he’s turned out to be. Looks like the Beaver Men have a pretty good starter in this kid to go with Romero. If Morrow can add some accuracy and movement the rotation is really shaping up for next season.

      • cur68 - Sep 5, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        Man that Brett Lawrie can play some baseball. Alvarez can field his position, in addition to pitch a little. Nice.

      • cur68 - Sep 5, 2011 at 6:03 PM

        Well it looks like the Brett Lawrie-for-Overlord onslaught continues. So, for the re-cap: Alverez > Beckett, Aceves = Jansen, Papelbon > Bautista when the game’s on the line, Frank Francisco = Papelbon (I can hardly believe I can type that without howling in laughter), and Langly British Columbia’s own Brett “Mad Beaver Wrestler” Lawrie > Dan “Beaver Bait” Wheeler.

        What a gem of a game. Now if someone could ask Lawrie to NOT Kendrys Morales his way into home plate when he walks off a team that would be great. Kid’s got a HUGE vertical lead and, as I watched him essentially try to crowd-surf-leap his way to home, I was holding my breath, expecting to see him come up lame, for such is a Beaver Wrestler’s luck this season.

        Fortunately he survived to touch home with only a mild pummeling handed out by his team mates. The last item to cover is if it’s suitable for a guy to trot round the bases doing his best Rolling Stone Forty Licks album cover impression? I bet Lawrie catches a baseball in the ribs tomorrow for that. This IS the Sox and they hit you for just lookin’ at them funny.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        wow! give him the Cy young award for 6 innings!

  4. aceshigh11 - Sep 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Ah…another late-season Red Sox collapse based on rampant injuries. Oh, joy.

    This sucks!

    • Lukehart80 - Sep 5, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      There’s no reason to think Beckett won’t be fine for the playoffs, with time for tune-up start or two beforehand.

      The line-up is healthy and if losing Jenks for the season causes the Red Sox to collapse, they were never going anywhere to begin with.

      • yankeesgameday - Sep 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

        Well according to buck showalter the rays are going to overtake the sox for the wild card. they have 7 games left against each other so I wouldn’t think the playoffs are even a lock for the sox this year.

  5. drewmunny - Sep 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    “It’s unclear how he got hurt, but he couldn’t push off the foot and he came out without trying any warmup pitches.”

    If I had to guess, I’d say he was rushing his delivery again. Yes, that’s sarcasm.

  6. sparky1002 - Sep 5, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Im surprised they removed Beckett from the game, after all, he takes so much time between pitches the sprain could have healed itself and hardly slowed him from his normal pitching routine.

  7. Old Gator - Sep 5, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Pray for a little structural damage.

  8. proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Beckett’s injury did not cost the Red Sox the game as it was scoreless until the bottom of the 11th. The game did speed up a bit after Beckett left the game, although Varitek took his sweet time giving the signs to the pitchers. The Jays have a couple of 21 year old rookies who impressed in the game. We knew about Lawrie and he has been better than advertised. Henderson Alvarez has been a revelation. He was not intimidated by the Red Sox hitters and increased his runless streak to 14 innings. As far as Beckett is concerned, I wonder if we will see a repeat of Curt “Bloody Sox” Schilling?

    • pisano - Sep 5, 2011 at 9:11 PM

      proudlycanadian…. Lawrie is impressive, this guy is a real budding star. I watch all three games on Yes and Lawrie really impressed all the Yankee announcers. He seems to have it all, offense, defense, and just an all around star in the making. He should be around for along time. This is the kind of player good teams are built around, and I loved his 11 inning homerun today, it was a thing of beauty.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM

        Thank you. It was the first walk off home run that he has ever had at any level. The double play that Alvarez and Lawrie pulled off in the 5th inning was also an impressive play by the two 21 year olds. Overall, it was a great pitching duel by both teams and both bull pens.

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