Beckett resumes workouts, but will miss next start


Beckett resumes workouts, but will miss next start

By Sean McAdam

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett was given clearance to begin resuming physical activity Wednesday morning, but will not appear in a game until sometime next week.

"He passed his test,'' said Terry Francona, "which means he's allowed to do some activity. Now, they have to monitor his activity. But he'll do some biking and some light throwing and see how he progresses from there.

"He's not going to pitch Thursday against Philadelphia, as he had been scheduled. We'll just keep him on his schedule to pitch his next time out. How he gets to that start is up to how he feels and what he and Curt Young, pitching coach decide to do.''

Tentatively, that next start will probably come Tuesday when a split-squad of Red Sox host Houston. Another group will go to Jupiter to face St. Louis, but it's hard to imagine the Sox sending Beckett on a three-hour bus ride for his outing.

Red Sox pitching prospect Stolmy Pimentel will take Beckett's turn againt the Phillies Thursday.

Infielder Brent Dlugach went to be examined Wednesday morning after suffering a dislocated left shoulder Tuesday afternoon.

"When we get the results,'' said Francona, "the doctors will update everybody."

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Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Roster flexibility, something of substance, or a combination of both?

The Red Sox on Thursday placed Drew Pomeranz on the brand new 10-day disabled list because of a left forearm flexor strain.

"It's become more and more clear he's not ready to begin the season," John Farrell told reporters, including The Providence Journal's Tim Britton, on Thursday morning.

The Sox don’t need a fifth starter, Pomeranz’s potential spot, until April 9. He can be activated before then. So, in effect, the trip to the DL frees up an extra roster spot.

Farrell said the team hopes Pomeranz will be able to make his scheduled start but "is certainly not guaranteeing it."

The situation could prove an interesting look at how MLB handles its new 10-day disabled list. If Pomeranz continues on his previously planned schedule, the Red Sox could be seen as simply be using the 10-day DL to their advantage. But Farrell spoke earlier this spring about how he expected MLB to highly scrutinize trips to the DL.

Pomeranz’s forearm is known not to be in the best of shape, considering he went for a stem-cell injection this offseason.

Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss


Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss

Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz combined to allow all five of the Red Sox' runs in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Porcello finished his start by fanning four, allowing four hits and earning two runs over four innings. Pomeranz followed in the next four innings with four strikeouts, five hits allowed and three earned runs. Pomeranz allowed ByungHo Park's eighth-inning, two-run homer, which ended up being the game-winner.

Porcello, however, was optimistic after the loss.

"The buildup was good," Porcello told reporters, via "Today I felt as good as I've felt all spring. At this point, I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

While the Sox offense was able to get three runs off Ervin Santana in his 4 2/3 innings, they struggled against the Twins' next five pitchers. Xander Bogaerts (2 of 3) and Pablo Sandoval (1 of 3) managed homers. Hanley (3 of 3) Ramirez had a double, and Dustin Pedroia (2 of 3) had two singles.

Kyle Kendrick will start Thursday in the Sox' final Spring Training series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET.