Beckett: 'Definitely better' one day after being hit

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Beckett: 'Definitely better' one day after being hit

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett says he feels "definitely better" than he did Monday, when he was hit in the head during batting practice and suffered a mild concussion, but won't engage in any physical activity today and isn't sure he'll be able to make his scheduled start on Thursday.

"I feel all right," Beckett said Tuesday morning at City of Palms Park. "I'm feeling better today. I feel like I got hit in the head. Getting rid of some of the headache stuff I had yesterday is probably good. No activity, I guess, today . . . I haven't really tried to do anything today. Yesterday, was kind of nerve-wracking because going up and down stairs was pretty tough. I don't think I can do anything. I don't think they want me to watch too much TV . . .

"But I'm definitely better today than I was yesterday."

"He's improved today," said Terry Francona. "He won't have any acitivity today, though. We'll see where that leads him . . .

"He lost his headache. He's just sore. He got hit with a baseball. But he's going to be OK."

Beckett was in the outfield when coaching staff assistant Ino Guerreroattempted to use a fungo bat to return a ball to the infield. Instead,the ball hit Beckett.

"You go through a bunch of different emotions," he said. "First, you're pissed because you don't know what happened. Then, I tried to talk and I got real dizzy and I just kind of took a knee. I really didn't even know what happened. I didn't know if I got hit by a ball from another field or what. I had no idea what happened.

"It was a little bit behind my temple. I've got swelling all in there, right there. It was just right above the left ear, basically."

Guerrero took responsibility for the accident.

"He feels terrible," Beckett said of Guerrero. "I didn't want to make things worse . . . I knew he didn't do anything on purpose.

"Was it stupid? Yes, it was very stupid and I think he realizes that now. But there's no sense making him feel worse than he already does.''

As for Thursday's scheduled start, Beckett said: "I don't know. This is the second day after it happened. It's kind of hard to say. I mean, the Red Sox aren't even letting me go outside today. I think it's all going to be up to them."

"We'll just do what's in hisbest interest," said Francona. "If he can start, good; if he can't, we can either pushhim back, we can throw a side . . . we'll just do what's in his bestinterest. But the first thing is to make sure he can do his activitiesand it doesn't set him backward.

"But there's a lot of improvement andhis eyes look clear."

"If I have to miss Thursday, I don't think it will be next Wednesday when I pitch," said Beckett. "I think it will definitely be before then. If they push me back, they push me back."

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."