Mild concussion may force Beckett to miss start


Mild concussion may force Beckett to miss start

By Sean McAdam

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the last few years, Josh Beckett has had difficulty staying healthy throughout spring training.

In 2008, he had a muscle pull in his back that prohibited him from accompanying the Red Sox to Japan and delayed the start of his season. Then, in 2010, he was felled by the flu and missed about 10 days.

The bad luck continued Monday morning when Beckett was struck on the left side of his head by a fungo hit by staff member Ino Guerrero during batting practice.

"I bet you it felt like a bolt of lightning," said Terry Francona. "That's not really what you're expecting. It was just a fluke thing."

Beckett dropped to a knee and a team trainer came out to attend to him. He walked off the field under his own power.

Beckett was later examined by a team physician and was diagnosed with mild concussion syndromes. He was sent home to rest and will be evaluated again Tuesday.

"He's got a headache," said Francona. "He's been evaluated already. We'll get somebody to look at him tonight and then when he comes in tomorrow, we'll check on him again to see what level, if any, of a workout he can do or should do."

Beckett had been set to pitch Thursday against Philadelphia, but Francona said he was unsure whether he could make that scheduled outing.

Beckett watched the first two innings of the Red Sox' 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins from the dugout before being sent home by Francona.

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Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

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Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”