Beckett may miss start after being hit by ball

March 3, 2011 - 0:0

Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was feeling better after a batting-practice mishap left him with mild concussion symptoms, but the team said on Tuesday he could still miss his next spring training start.

Beckett, who was hit on the side of the head by a batted ball on Monday while standing in short left field, met with the team's medical staff on Tuesday and was told not to partake in any physical activity for the day.
""I feel all right ... I feel like I got hit in the head,"" the right-hander said in a report posted on the team's website (
""Getting rid of some of the headache stuff that I had yesterday is probably good. I haven't really tried to do anything today.""
The team said Beckett will be evaluated again before deciding whether he will make his next scheduled start in Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
""In regards to his start, we'll just do what's in his best interest. If he can start, good. If he can't, we can either push him back or throw a side (session),"" said Red Sox Manager Terry Francona.
""But the first thing is to make sure he can do his activities and it doesn't set him backwards. But there's a lot of improvement, and his eyes look real clear.""
Beckett won a World Series championship with the Red Sox in 2007 and was the Most Valuable Player when he led the Florida Marlins to the title in 2003.
(Source: Reuters)