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Josh Beckett leaves game with sprained ankle

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 5, 2011 02:33 PM

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TORONTO Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left today's game against the Blue Jays with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning with a sprained right ankle.

After throwing a 94-mph fastball to Brett Lawrie, Beckett walked behind the mound and catcher Jason Varitek signaled for manager Terry Francona and a trainer. After a long discussion, Beckett left the game and was favoring his right leg as he walked back to the dugout.

Before the game today, Francona said the Sox were planning to give Beckett an extra day off before his next two starts, so perhaps he has been dealing with a physical issue that was kept hidden.

Alfredo Aceves is now pitching.

Beckett went 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with one walk and six strikeouts. He is 12-5 with a 2.49 ERA. Earlier today, the Sox announced that Erik Bedard would miss his next start because of a sore left knee.

The Sox also called up Kyle Weiland from Class AAA Pawtucket today. Francona said it was "in case anything crazy happened" today.

Something just did.

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