A Sox/Yankee Split Ends The Regular Season ***BECKETT INJURED***
The day/night Yankee-Red Sox doubleheader split took a back seat to the devastating news about Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett. We might have seen the last of him in 2008, but we hope not. He was injured while throwing a side session on Friday. Here's what his manager had to say...
"It was on his 40th pitch," manager Terry Francona said of the injury, which was first reported by the Boston Herald. "Because it was raining and things like that, he was almost done. I don't think it actually was something where he just threw it and grabbed it. It was almost in-between pitches, where he took a deep breath and was like, 'Man, I feel something.' He went and got treatment. They've been working on him. Initially, when you hear something like that, you're kind of like, 'Wow." Dr. Thomas Gill came in and goes, 'Hey, relax. This is going to be all right.' So that was kind of reassuring."
Peter here, and we sure hope Dr. Gill is correct. Oblique injuries are notoriously hard to predict...the recovery time varies incredibly and one misstep while in the middle of the healing process and you can be back to square one. Or worse. This one hurts and puts a damper on any postseason Boston hopes. Jon Lester will start game one on Wednesday and Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound for game two on Friday. Both games are on the left coast. Beckett is tentatively penciled in for game three at Fenway over the weekend, but that's a big "if." Boston is in a little bit of trouble even before their five game series begins, but sometimes when the chips are down, the Red Sox band together and get the job done.
You can click on the title of this post for all the disappointing Beckett news coupled with a look forward to Wednesday night (first pitch 10pm EDT) in Anaheim. Thanks for stopping in. I have a question for you. Do you think this injury cripples Boston's post season dreams of another world championship? Just leave me a comment. As always, BE WELL.