Boston right-hander Josh Beckett’s next start, already pushed back two days to give him more time to work on his recent problems, might be delayed further.
Beckett will be examined today after enduring back spasms Monday night while practicing hitting for a three-game interleague series starting May 21 at Philadelphia.
“We really don’t know” if it will affect plans for Beckett to pitch Friday, manager Terry Francona said.
Before Monday’s game against Toronto, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell said the right-hander would start Friday night in Detroit, while knuckleballer Tim Wakefield takes Beckett’s spot Wednesday at home against Toronto.
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Detroit manager Jim Leyland said left-hander Dontrelle Willis did not make his scheduled start Monday against the Yankees because of a 102-degree fever. … Atlanta pitcher Jair Jurrjens has had a setback with his ailing left hamstring. Jurrjens, who is on the 15-day disabled list, said he was trying to sprint before Atlanta’s game against Milwaukee on Monday when he heard a pop in the hamstring. He’ll stay with the team and get a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test when the Braves return to Atlanta. … Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (groin) was back in the lineup Monday and right fielder Jason Heyward (groin) is expected to return today. … The Mets placed backup catcher Henry Blanco on the bereavement list so he can be with his ailing mother in Venezuela. Manager Jerry Manuel did not say how long Blanco will be out but he must miss a minimum of three days and can be on the list for up to seven days. The Mets recalled Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo. … The Angels recalled right-hander Trevor Bell from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned utility infielder Robb Quinlan to their Pacific Coast League club. Bell’s grandfather, Bob Bell, played Bozo the Clown on television for 25 years. … The Pirates activated right-hander Ross Ohlendorf off the 15-day disabled list and designated right-hander Brian Bass for assignment. … The Rockies juggled their lineup with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez out of the country to attend the funeral of an uncle, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki day to day with a strained thigh, outfielder Brad Hawpe back from a quadriceps injury and first baseman Todd Helton getting a mental break. The best news for the Rockies was the MRI on Tulowitzki revealed only a minor strain of his right quadriceps. Manager Jim Tracy said the shortstop won’t need to go on the disabled list but will rest for a couple of days. … The Marlins activated left-hander Dan Meyer, who had a strained left calf, from the 15-day DL.