Saying that the rigors of the road conspired to tighten up his back yesterday morning, Josh Beckett told reporters before today's game that he already feels better, and expects to make his next scheduled start, which is Saturday against the Indians.
"Absolutely I think I'll make my next start," Beckett said. "I think if I had to, I don't think we're going to need this, but I could go sooner if I needed to than Saturday. I think right now we're just kind of looking at Saturday to hopefully set things up."
Beckett said it wasn't a pitching-related problem that forced him to miss yesterday's start against the Blue Jays, but knew when he woke up that something didn't feel right.
"It was just something that you wake up with," Beckett said. "It wasn't like I felt anything when I was throwing. You just you wake up and you're locked up."
Instead, he pointed to the road trip.
"Three different crappy beds on the road, one getting in at 5 o'clock in the morning. I just don't think that all that stuff really sat well with my back," Beckett said. "It was unfortunate that you wake up on the day you start and don't really feel well enough to be able to do that. I think we made the right decision. I feel a lot better today."
Michael Bowden got the last-minute start in place of Beckett, and took the loss in Toronto's 11-5 win. Beckett (16-6) leads the team in wins, and has a 3.78 ERA. He's hoping that the missed start is an isolated incident.
"As far as this being a chronic problem, I don't foresee that," Beckett said.