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

First impressions: Royals' five-run first inning dooms Red Sox in 6-3 loss

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First impressions: Royals' five-run first inning dooms Red Sox in 6-3 loss

First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Steven Wright recovered nicely after the first inning, but the damage was done.

Wright's last five innings featured just three hits allowed -- one in the infield. But the first inning did the Red Sox in -- two walks followed by a three-run homer, then a single and a two-run homer.

Whether this was a matter of rust for Wright -- who last pitched three weeks ago Friday night -- or an early inability to command his knuckleball is uncertain.

The fact is, Wright dug an early hole for his teammates, and he had the misfortune to do so against a team with the best bullpen in baseball.

To his credit, Wright kept the game somewhat within reach thereafter, but the five-run head start proved too much of a jump.

 

It's time to worry a little about Jackie Bradley.

Bradley was just 7-for-40 in the just-completed road trip, and things didn't get any better on the first night of the homestand.

In the first, he came up with two on and two out and struck out swinging to strand both baserunners. In the third, he came to the plate with runners on the corners and, again, struck out swinging.

We're seeing the same kind of slump that Bradley fell into in previous seasons, where even contact is hard to find, with nine strikeouts in the last 16 at-bats.

Problem is, with Andrew Benitendi on the DL, there aren't a lot of options for John Farrell with the Red Sox outfield.

 

Trying to get Fernando Abad and Junichi Tazawa back on track in low- leverage mop-up didn't work.

Tazawa had a perfect seventh, but gave up a monster shot into the center field bleachers to Lorenzo Cain to start the eighth.

Abad entered, and while he did record a couple of strikeouts, also gave up a single, a walk and threw a wild pitches before he could complete the inning.

Getting some work for the two was the right idea, given that the Sox were down by three runs at the time. A good outing might help either regain some confidence and turn the corner.

But not even that could be accomplished Friday night.