|Tim Wakefield, who lasted five innings and left with the lead, throws to first to hold a runner in the second inning. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)|
Beckett able to rejoin team
No timetable for righty to pitch
TORONTO - Josh Beckett rejoined the Red Sox yesterday, arriving at the Rogers Centre about three hours before the first pitch. The righthander had traveled to Boston Tuesday to get his sprained right ankle examined.
Beckett spent his time before the game receiving treatment and did not speak to reporters. He had a compression wrap around his calf and foot and a small brace on his ankle.
There is no timetable for Beckett to get back on the mound.
“It’s going to be common sense,’’ said manager Terry Francona. “We’ll see how he does, and once he’s ready to start that five-day routine, we’ll get him going on it.’’
Francona said Beckett had no restrictions in terms of playing catch right away. The righthander was injured Monday while throwing a pitch in the fourth inning.
All that’s certain for now is that Beckett will not make his next scheduled start this weekend. Rookie righthander Kyle Weiland is set to face Tampa Bay Saturday.
Weiland tuned up for that start by throwing two scoreless innings Tuesday. He had not pitched since Aug. 31, his final start for Pawtucket.
“It was good to get out there and get a few innings,’’ said Weiland, who threw only 22 pitches. “I’m all set in terms of being ready for Saturday.’’
Going the distance Clay Buchholz took another step in his return from a back injury, making 60 throws from 105 feet. “Good day,’’ Francona said “Again, picking up the intensity, picking up the distance.’’ Buchholz will rest today and throw again tomorrow in Florida, this time from 120 feet. “He’s tolerating everything,’’ Francona said . . . Conor Jackson took batting practice again and is getting close to being ready to play. He has a sore knee, the result of running into the bullpen fence at Fenway Park Sunday trying to make a catch.
Nowhere man J.D. Drew, out with a sprained knuckle on the middle finger of his right hand, tried to play catch Tuesday and had trouble. So in addition to not being able to swing a bat, he is unable to throw. “It didn’t go well,’’ Francona said. “He hasn’t been able to swing, so we’re nowhere.’’ With 19 games remaining in the regular season, Drew is running out of time to make himself a viable option for the postseason roster. He has not played since July 19. “We have three weeks,’’ said Francona. “But you’d rather hear good news than not good news. But you deal with it.’’ Drew is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He hurt his knuckle taking a swing in a minor league rehabilitation game Aug. 30.
Delay for Kalish Outfield prospect Ryan Kalish was scheduled to have surgery on his neck last week in Los Angeles, but that has been delayed, according to Sox player development director Mike Hazen. Kalish is seeing different doctors to gather as much information as possible before getting the surgery done. He has a bulging disk that is causing nerve issues. That injury and a previous shoulder injury limited him to 24 games this season, all in the minors. The 23-year-old played 53 games in the majors last season. Once Kalish has surgery, it is expected that he will ready for the start of spring training.
PawSox postponed Pawtucket had its road playoff game against Lehigh Valley postponed because of rain last night. That best-of-five series is now scheduled to start tonight. The postponement also rearranged the Pawtucket home games in the series. The first game at McCoy Stadium now will be Saturday at 6:05 p.m., with games Sunday (6:05 p.m.) and Monday (6:05 p.m.) if necessary. Pawtucket is planning to start Matt Fox, Tony Pena Jr., and Alex Wilson in the first three games of the series.
Scoring error? The Sox have asked the American League to review a scoring decision in Tuesday’s game. Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie was charged with an error on a hard-hit ball by Dustin Pedroia that took a tough hop off the artificial turf . . . Sox coaching staff assistant Rob Leary is a daring guy. He did the CN Tower “Edge Walk’’ before the game. Up 1,183 feet, Leary walked around the outside of the Toronto landmark, leaning out over the edge while connected to a series of cables. He had the photos and a video to prove it . . . Francona was mourning the death of Pavol Demitra, one of the hockey players killed in the plane crash in Russia. The two met through a mutual friend several years ago in Arizona. “He was hilarious,’’ said Francona . . . Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single in the first inning. He has had four hit streaks of 10 games or more this season . . . Marco Scutaro was 2 for 4 with a walk and three RBIs. He is 17 of 35 against Toronto this season with 11 RBIs, nine coming in Toronto . . . The Sox have not recorded a save since Aug. 19 . . . The Sox are 4-4 in Toronto despite scoring 68 runs in the eight games.