Josh Beckett injury update: Bad sprain, surgery not required

A person familiar with the condition of Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett said his ankle sprain was “bad,” but that surgery was not anticipated.

He will miss at least one start. Beckett’s status beyond that is uncertain as he could return to the mound within a week or two.

Beckett will treat the sprain by reducing the inflammation, stabilizing the ankle with a brace and strengthening the joint through rehabilitation. There are no plans for a cortisone shot at this time.

Beckett is expected to rejoin the team in Toronto.

More on this after the game.

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UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Here’s a statement from Red Sox medical director Tom Gill:

“Josh was evaluated today at the Massachusetts General Hospital by the Red Sox medical staff, including team foot and ankle specialist, Dr. George Theodore. Josh experienced pain in his ankle while pitching last night. His examination was consistent with an ankle sprain. An MRI was performed that confirmed no other injury to his ankle tendons, or his Achilles tendon. We will re-evaluate his symptoms and availability later this week.”