Beckett sprains ankle, to be examined Tuesday


Beckett sprains ankle, to be examined Tuesday

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
TORONTO -- The day began with a strange pratfall in the bullpen. It turned better with 3 23 scoreless innings, during which he recorded six strikeouts.

Then Josh Beckett's day unraveled. Facing Brett Lawrie with two out and a runner on base in the fourth, Beckett suddenly felt some stiffness in his right ankle. After one more pitch, manager Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold came to the mound, and after a brief conference, decided that Beckett's day was through.

He was later diagnosed with a sprained right ankle. He'll be examined by Dr. George Theodore in Boston Tuesday morning.

"I've never had it happen before," said Beckett. "I felt in on the second-to-last pitch. It felt a little bit different on the next pitch."

"We really don't know," said Francona. "It was getting stiff and sore, so we got him out of there. Now we'll see what's going on in there."

Beckett revealed that he had previously slipped in the bullpen at Rogers Centre, but didn't think that had anything to do with the ankle soreness that later sent him from the game.

"I didn't feel it between (the bullpen fall and the fourth inning)," he said.

Beckett said an injury such as this is "always concerning . . . it's my power leg."

After the Red Sox' 1-0 loss to Toronto, he described the ankle as "definitely stiff . . . but I don't know what we'll know."

On the last pitch, his 58th of the game, he said it "felt like it was locked up, then, like it popped in and out of the socket or something. There was a definitive feeling through my ankle."

"He just seemed to make a funny face," said catcher Jason Varitek. "He kind of came off the mound funny on that pitch."

Beckett wouldn't put a timetable on how long he might be sidelined.

"I could be out there in six days," he said. "We'll see, let's not put the cart in front of the horse. Let's do our due diligence."

Before the game, Francona said the Sox planned to give Beckett extra rest in September without mentioning any specific injuries. It's unknown at the moment whether the ankle was an issue prior to Monday.

The Sox also announced before the game that Erik Bedard was still suffering from soreness in his knee, an injury that forced him to the disabled list earlier in the year when he was with Seattle, and would miss his next start.

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Mookie Betts' injury likely just a short-term issue

Mookie Betts' injury likely just a short-term issue

BOSTON -- After leaving Friday night’s game with right knee soreness, structural damage has been ruled out regarding Mookie Betts, but he could still be out for a bit.

Testing was done on Betts’ knee, removing any doubt of a deeper issue, revealing it was just build-up of fluid, causing swelling in his knee.

“Day-to-day is the status. It may take a couple for him before he’s back to us.” John Farrell said. “Everything points to this being a short-term situation.”

Betts explained that his condition had improved from Friday night, but -- much like Farrell -- doesn’t know how quickly he can bounce back. He wouldn’t make a definitive statement on whether or not he’d be available Sunday.

“It feels pretty good now,” Betts said. “We’re going to do some treatment on it, make sure everything is good and hopefully get back out there.”

Betts joins the list of pivotal players unavailable in Saturday’s game, including Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara who are both on the DL.

Farrell couldn’t commit to a timetable for when he expects Uehara should be back, but hopes he’ll be available during the regular season.

“We’re hopeful of that,” Farrell said when asked if he thought Uehara would be back before the postseason. “There’s no number of day’s that says Koji’s going to put a ball back in his hand . . . To give you a time frame, it’s too early to tell.”

Kimbrel, on the other hand, has bounced back well, and is expected to throw his first bullpen Sunday or Monday. The hope is that he’ll throw twice off the mound before the trip to the West, which would set him up for a simulated game.

“We need to get some PFP involved -- just some change in direction, fielding the position,” Farrell said on Kimbrel. “But in terms of amount of time missed, and that fact that he’s able to as get aggressive right now in long toss. I would think it would be on the shorter end of appearances if it’s even more than one. He feels very good. If he wasn’t making the ultimate decision medically [he’d] probably say ‘Give me the ball tonight.’ That’s how good he feels -- that’s encouraging.”


Saturday's Red Sox-Twins lineups: Betts out with knee soreness


Saturday's Red Sox-Twins lineups: Betts out with knee soreness

Mookie Betts is out of the lineup Saturday after leaving the game Friday night with knee soreness and Brock Holt moves into the leadoff spot for the Red Sox in Game 3 of their four-game series with the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.

Manager John Farrell said Betts is day-to-day after the right fielder left the Red Sox' 2-1 loss in the fifth inning with pain in his right knee. There is swelling, but an MRI showed no structural damage.Michael Martinez will start in right on Saturday night. Betts had started in 93 of Boston's 94 games this season. 

Aaron Hill gets the start at third base for the Red Sox in place of Travis Shaw.  

Left-hander David Price (9-7, 4.36 ERA) makes his second start of the second half for the Red Sox. Price took the loss in a 3-1 defeat against the Yankees on Sunday night, allowing 11 hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innnigs. 

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.02) is on the mound for the Twins.

The lineups:

Eduardo Nunez SS
Robbie Grossman DH
Miguel Sano 3B
Brian Dozier 2B
Max Kepler RF
Kennys Vargas 1B
Eddie Rosario LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Ricky Nolasco RHP

Brock Holt LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Sandy Leon C
Michael Martinez RF
David Price LHP

Farrell: Betts ‘day to day’ with sore knee


Farrell: Betts ‘day to day’ with sore knee

BOSTON — Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts left the game against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning on Friday night with soreness in his right knee.

Manager John Farrell said after game that Betts' had recently had "some treatment" for the knee and it has been something the team has monitored since the All-Star break. The Red Sox announced after Betts left the game that he was considered day-to-day. 

Betts, who led off the game with a home run for the second consecutive night, was replaced in right field by Michael Martinez in the top of the fifth. 

Betts, an All-Star Game starter, leads the Red Sox with 127 hits and is second on the team with 20 home runs and 63 RBI.

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