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Erik Bedard (sore knee) to skip next start

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  September 5, 2011 11:11 AM

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TORONTO Erik Bedard will be skipping his next start because of a sore left knee. The Sox may start rookie Kyle Weiland against Tampa Bay on Friday or keep use Josh Beckett on regular rest.

"We going to try to give that knee a little time to regroup a little bit,'' Terry Francona said. "We really wanted to give Beckett an extra day the next two times and we'd already kind of told him that, so we'll let him pitch today and then we'll kind of reassess where we are with that.

"Weiland could pitch [Friday] or we could bring guys back on regular rest,'' Francona said. "We'll see."

Bedard, who was on the disabled list earlier this season, aggravated his knee injury in his start on Saturday against Texas.

"I'm not concerned. It's just sore. I just don't want to make it too bad for later in the season and the playoffs," the lefthander said. "It's not bad. It hurts a little bit once in a while and a little more in the last start. I'll just take a start off."

Said Francona: "It's been sore, but I think he's been dealing with it, but I think it got a little more sore the last couple of innings the last game. I checked with him after the fifth inning because it looked like he was using a little more arm, but he was doing so well.

"He stayed out for the sixth, and after the game he started talking to the trainers. The idea is to not have him limp through the last three or four starts and have him where he can really help us, and try to give him a little blow and see if one missed turn will help.''

In other pregame news:

Bobby Jenks will be shutting it down. Francona said the righthanded reliever, on the disabled list since July 8 with back tightness, stayed back in Boston and will see Dr. Kirk Wood, a back specialist at Mass General, on Wednesday. "I would say the chances of Bobby pitching, we're probably past that point now,'' Francona said. "He just couldn't get it going this weekend and that was probably the cut-off point.''

Jenks had been scheduled to do a rehab assignment in Salem (Va.) last week. "But he got sick, then he got sore and so it's just been like one thing after another,'' Francona said. "When we got back, he wanted to take one more shot at it, but it just wasn't happening."

When he was signed to a two-year, $12 million deal, Dec. 21, 2010, it was thought Jenks would become a seventh-inning set-up man.

"We're not disappointed in him, but, yeah, we're disappointed in the role we had envisioned never came to fruition, for various reasons, all year.''

David Ortiz, who has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games, was moved up to the No. 4 spot in the lineup, flopping positions with third baseman Kevin Youkilis. Francona said the lineup switch was made to create a little more balance. "We're going to have lefties back-to-back somewhere,'' Francona said. "With Youk protecting David, as opposed to the other way around, maybe it'll help us. Maybe it won't. If guys swing it like they can, then we're OK. But we'd just rather do it now than wait until the playoffs to see what it looks like

"You do want to set it up where they don't want to bring in every lefthander they have," Francona said. "But probably part of the reason for our success right now is that last year when guys beat up David and J.D [Drew], we struggled. This year they're not beating up David, Gonzy, or Jacoby. Guys are holding their own, or more than holding their own."

As for Drew, his sprained right middle finger is still sore and he's not yet ready to start hitting.

Clay Buchholz will add some intensity to his workouts tomorrow in terms of distance and the number of throws.

Francona said Nate Spears, a utility infielder/outfielder with experience playing the corner positions of the outfield, was called up from Pawtucket to help give the team a little more coverage with rightfielder Conor Jackson (bruised right knee) and Josh Reddick still aching from getting hit on the left hand in Friday night's game against Texas.

"He's a guy who impressed everybody in spring training with his attitude and his ability to play all over the field,'' Francona said. "So he was a logical guy to pick to come with us."

Drew Sutton was designated for assignment to make room for Spears on the 40-man roster.

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