The Red Sox placed right-hander Josh Beckett on the 15-day DL with what manager Bobby Valentine continues to call soreness in his right shoulder. Baseball scores
“He’s got some inflammation that we are going to calm down and take whatever time it requires to do it,” Valentine said. “We thought between starts were enough time to do it. He might have taken an additional day or two, I believe, but we’re going to take the conservative route.”
Valentine said he didn’t know whether Beckett planned to look for a 2nd opinion or what course of treatment would be prescribed. A cortisone injection is sometimes administered to reduce inflammation.
Asked the hypothetical question of whether Beckett would pitch if this was Game 7 of the World Series, Valentine related, “Game 1 he could pitch.”
The Red Sox recalled right-handed reliever Clayton Mortensen from AAA Pawtucket to take Beckett’s roster spot.
Beckett becomes the 18th player placed on the DL by the Red Sox this season. Eleven players are presently on the list, including previous All-Stars Jacoby Ellsbury, Andrew Bailey, Carl Crawford, John Lackey and Bobby Jenks.
Beckett’s booked start against the Chicago Cubs will be taken by left-hander Franklin Morales, who has pitched totally in relief since the Boston Red Sox acquired him from the Colorado Rockies last season. Morales nevertheless, began his career with the Rockies as a starter, pitching against the Red Sox in the 2007 World Series.
Beckett missed a start on May 5 with what was described as soreness in his right lat, the big muscle in the back of the shoulder. Valentine claimed he did not think the pitcher’s current condition was related to that soreness.
This is Beckett’s 5th trip to the disabled list since the Boston Red Sox bought him from the then-Florida Marlins before the 2006 season. He went on the DL and missed 56 games last season with a lower back strain, and also missed time as a result of a sprained ankle, illness and elbow tenderness, though none of those issues required a trip to the disabled list.
In 2008, Beckett went on the disabled list and missed 14 games in Sep with an elbow issue. He also started that season on the DL with a back strain that caused him to miss the season’s first 6 games.
In 2007, he was put on the disabled list and missed 14 games with a blister on his middle finger.
Beckett was hampered in at the start of this season by a thumb problem. Valentine recounted that Beckett may have the problem addressed while on the disabled list instead of waiting till the All-Star break, as originally planned. Beckett may require a cortisone shot in the thumb, according to Valentine.
Beckett, 32, is 4-7 with a 4.14 ERA this season. In his last 6 starts, he is 2-3 with a 2.68 ERA, striking out 30 while walking just six. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last 6 starts after giving up 9 homers in his 1stsix, including 5 in his first start against the Tigers.