Josh Beckett was removed from tonight's game against the Orioles with what the Sox are describing as a mildly hyperextended left knee. The press box announcement said the righthander was taken out for precautionary reasons.
Beckett pitched five innings, his shortest outing since a rain delay limited him to 4 1/3 innings May 4 against the Angels. He breezed through the first four innings tonight, then gave up a three hits and two walks in the Orioles' three-run fifth.
He appeared to land awkwardly on his left foot while sending an 0-and-1 pitch to Robert Andino with one out in the fifth. Rain has been falling off and on during the game, with the Fenway grounds crew applying additional dirt to high-traffic areas. After Beckett's pitch to Andino, home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, Sox manager Terry Francona, and assistant trainer Greg Barajas came out to see if Beckett was injured or the mound needed some repairs. After a quick inspection, Estabrook summoned some grounds crew members, and after some work was done to the mound, Beckett remained in the game, walking Andino, then giving up back-to-back run-scoring singles.
Beckett threw just 68 pitches, which matches his low for the season. He also threw 68 in the May 4 game. Matt Albers relieved him, and pitched a perfect sixth.