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Josh Beckett throwing in the outfield

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 10, 2011 03:13 PM

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Josh Beckett is in left field at the Trop throwing to bullpen catcher Mani Martinez.

Curt Young and head athletic trainer Mike Reinold are keeping an eye on things.

Beckett is throwing from distance, which is usually what a pitcher does before taking a bullpen session two days later. As you know, Beckett is recovering from a sprained right ankle. This is the first time he has thrown since leaving Monday's game in the fourth inning.

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: Beckett said he felt good and that his next step will be throwing off the mound in the bullpen.

That's a good sign. "I'm feeling a lot better, he said.

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