Beckett throws side session, ready for Wednesday

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Beckett throws side session, ready for Wednesday

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON --@font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Terry Francona just wants Josh Beckett to be Josh Beckett.

So to see Beckett throwing a 25-pitch side session onMonday, at first, may be alarming, considering he last pitched on April 27. Butthe Red Sox manager said Monday that Beckett's been pushed back toWednesday only because the schedule allowed them to do so.

I just want to make sure that we monitor the workload, sohe can go out, and be Beckett, said Francona.

Weve leaned on him pretty hard, said Francona. Again,theres no days off coming up. So when you have the ability to give a guy thatextra day, I think sometimes youve got to take it. Because we wont be ableto, going forward for a couple weeks.

With Buchholz pitching on Monday, Francona said that therest of his rotation will be Jon Lester on Tuesday, Beckett on Wednesday, JohnLackey on Thursday, and Daisuke Matsuzaka on Friday.

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup after missing Sundays game with tightness in his hip.Youkilis is hitting fourth, behind Adrian Gonzalez and in front of David Ortiz.

We grilled him a little bit, to see if he needed an extraday, said Francona. And he didnt think he does. The trainers dont. Thedoctors dont. But well keep an eye on him.

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Rosenthal: 'Some' Sox players question Farrell's leadership, game management

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Rosenthal: 'Some' Sox players question Farrell's leadership, game management

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal ignited a local firestorm when he made a seemingly off-hand comment a few days ago that he "wouldn't be surprised" if the Red Sox fired John Farrell this year. (He quickly added he also "wouldn't be surprised" if Farrell stayed on and led the team to the A.L. East title this year, but that got scant mention.)

Today, however, Rosenthal expounded on Farrell and the Sox in a lengthy column on foxsports.com. While acknowledging the team's injuries and beyond-the-manager's-control inconsistencies (in the starting rotation and with the offense), he also ominously added, "The excuses for the Sox, though, go only so far — all teams deal with injuries, and not all of them boast $200 million payrolls. Other issues also have emerged under Farrell . . . "

Farrell, even when he won the 2013 World Series as a rookie manager, was not popular in all corners of the clubhouse. Some players, but not all, believe that he does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media when the team is struggling, sources say. Some also question Farrell’s game management, talk that exists in virtually every clubhouse, some more than others.

And then he mentioned two leadership problems:

The first occurred during the Red Sox’s prolonged dispute with the Orioles’ Manny Machado. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after Matt Barnes threw at Machado’s head, shouted across the field to Machado, 'it wasn’t me,' then told reporters that it was 'definitely a mishandled situation,' without mentioning Barnes or Farrell by name . . . 

The second incident occurred last Saturday, when Farrell engaged in a heated exchange with left-hander Drew Pomeranz in the dugout . . . [Pomeranz's] willingness to publicly challenge Farrell, in an exchange captured by television cameras, offered another indication that the manager and some of his players are not always on the same page.

Hmm.

Rosenthal's piece comes at a time when some of Farrell's harshest local critics are more or less giving him a pass, instead blaming Dave Dombrowski's flawed roster construction for the Sox' early season struggles , , , 

But there has been speculation hereabouts on whether or not Farrell has control of the clubhouse . . . 

Now that Rosenthal has weighed in, that sort of talk should increase.

In the end, Rosenthal makes no prediction on Farrell's future other than to conclude "If Dombrowski senses a change is necessary, he’ll make a change." 

But one prediction that can be made: The should-Farrell-be-fired? debate, which raged at unrealistic levels last year when the Red Sox won the division, isn't going to end anytime soon.