Beckett: 'Definitely better' one day after being hit

Beckett: 'Definitely better' one day after being hit
March 1, 2011, 2:34 pm
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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