CLEVELAND — Andrew Bailey pitched another scoreless inning for Pawtucket this afternoon, allowing one hit and striking out two against Syracuse.
Bailey has now pitched five innings in five minor league games during his rehab assignment, allowing one run on six hits and one walk while striking out nine.
He is scheduled to pitch for Pawtucket again on Sunday. If that goes well. Bailey could be in a position to rejoin the team.
As to other matters:
• Jon Lester will start Sunday.
• Asked if there was a plan for Josh Beckett, Bobby Valentine said there was a meeting held today to discuss the struggling righthander. But the result was not his ouster from the rotation, deportation to Texas or anything like that. The Red Sox are hoping that Beckett struggled on Wednesday because he was coming off a seven-day break.
• Per colleague Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox appear to have no interest in Derek Lowe.
• David Ortiz will take BP today and do some agility drills. Then he will run the bases Friday. The hope remains that he will play on Sunday.