Speaking on Boston sports radio station WEEI today, Red Sox manager Terry Francona gave brief injury updates on Josh Beckett and J.D. Drew:
- Francona was encouraged by Josh Beckett’s side session yesterday, but said the injured pitcher (tingling, numbness in throwing hand, elbow inflammation) had a strenuous workout and the team will push his start back again (he’s scheduled to pitch Friday vs. the White Sox) if he doesn’t respond well. “We’ll wait to see how he does today, but we’re pretty excited about this. The ball came out of his hand really well yesterday. Out of respect to Josh — it could be anybody — we’re going to make sure they’re OK.” Right now, though, Beckett is a go for Friday night at Fenway.
- Francona said he expects Drew to be ready for this weekend’s series against Chicago, and that Drew having an MRI on his back was more procedural than a cause for concern. “I don’t want to downplay it, but it’s really not [serious that he had an MRI]. We have an obligation to get our guys looked at. We want to reassure a player that what he’s going through is muscular,” said Francona. “The reason we DL’ed him is because he was going on nine days without picking up a bat.”