Beckett throws side session, ready for Wednesday

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Beckett throws side session, ready for Wednesday

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON --@font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Terry Francona just wants Josh Beckett to be Josh Beckett.

So to see Beckett throwing a 25-pitch side session onMonday, at first, may be alarming, considering he last pitched on April 27. Butthe Red Sox manager said Monday that Beckett's been pushed back toWednesday only because the schedule allowed them to do so.

I just want to make sure that we monitor the workload, sohe can go out, and be Beckett, said Francona.

Weve leaned on him pretty hard, said Francona. Again,theres no days off coming up. So when you have the ability to give a guy thatextra day, I think sometimes youve got to take it. Because we wont be ableto, going forward for a couple weeks.

With Buchholz pitching on Monday, Francona said that therest of his rotation will be Jon Lester on Tuesday, Beckett on Wednesday, JohnLackey on Thursday, and Daisuke Matsuzaka on Friday.

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup after missing Sundays game with tightness in his hip.Youkilis is hitting fourth, behind Adrian Gonzalez and in front of David Ortiz.

We grilled him a little bit, to see if he needed an extraday, said Francona. And he didnt think he does. The trainers dont. Thedoctors dont. But well keep an eye on him.

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Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.