BOSTON Manager Bobby Valentinesaid Josh Beckett, on the disabled list retroactive to June 12 with rightshoulder inflammation, is expected to be activated for the four-game series inSeattle beginning Thursday.Beginning Thursday, the Sox have 10games left in the half before the All-Star break. After Seattle they travel toOakland for three games, returning home for four with the Yankees, including aday-night doubleheader on July 7. They have on off-day, July 5, before thebreak, which begins July 9.With Becketts return, the Sox rotationwould have six starters. A plan Valentine plans to keep through the All-Starbreak. The Sox current rotation lookslike: Jon Lester, Franklin Morales, Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront, and DaisukeMatsuzaka. Beckett is likely to start either Friday or Saturday.Yeah, Imconsidering it, Valentine said of the six-man rotation. I think there's asituation where, depending on how we slot Josh, in I think it could benefiteveryone to get a little creative there until the All-Star break.
Mike Napoli has had a rough start to the season, so his three-run home run Sunday night was certainly a good sign.