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Beckett has inflammation in elbow

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  August 23, 2008 10:53 AM

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TORONTO - Sox manager Terry Francona introduced new information about Josh Beckett - indicating the right-hander has had inflammation in his right elbow.

That coupled with sleeping on the arm has created the tingling and numbness which he experienced in his last start last Sunday at Fenway. It was the first time in this process the media had heard the word inflammation.

According to Francona, Beckett will now be pushed back to next Friday against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway to give him extra time and to be on the safe side. Tim Wakefield will be activated disabled list and pitch Tuesday in New York.

Francona said after talking to pitching coach John Farrell they decided to take an "overly-cautious" approach. Francona said Beckett wants to pitch, but seemed to be on board.

Beckett just threw for about 10 minutes in right field to Farrell. The plan is for Beckett to throw his side session on Tuesday in New York.

Francona had not yet spoken to right-fielder J.D. Drew this morning, but he was not in the lineup. Francona said they're trying to alleviate the spasms in the back. The MRI results, according to Francona, did not show anything new or different. Drew has apparently had a herniated disc for a while.

On Jason Varitek's recent five-game surge: "When he hits we're a better team. When he doesn't, we can still win," said Francona.

Here are the lineups:

Boston:

Ellsbury-RF
Pedroia-2B
Ortiz-DH
Youkilis-1B
Bay-LF
Lowrie-3B
Varitek-C
Cora-SS
Crisp-CF
Lester-SP

Toronto:

Scutaro-2B
Bautista-3B
Rios-RF
Wells-CF
Lind-LF
Barajas-C
Overbay-1B
Mench-DH
McDonald-SS
Litsch-SP

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