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

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.