After declining to speak with media after his past two starts and again after he was put on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, Josh Beckett broke the silence Tuesday.
Beckett said that he had an MRI on Monday and that “everything looks pretty good.” He was scratched from his last scheduled start on Sunday against Chicago due to the injury. His replacement, Franklin Morales, struck out a career-high nine in five innings in a 7-4 Sox win.
He had dealt with similar pain before, and planned to tough it out through two more starts and possibly miss the last one before the All-Star Break. But with his strength becoming increasingly limited, Beckett was overruled.
“I told Bobby [Valentine], I thought I could make two more starts, and probably do the things we that we did yesterday, but I got overruuled and it’s probably smart,” Beckett said. “I’m definitely not ready for my career to be over. When you start getting inflammation plus strength limitations, that’s when you tend to do something catastrophic.”
Beckett is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 27, but does not have a date pinpointed for a return to the mound.
“It’ll depend on the other starters, where they line up there,” Beckett said. “Jon’s been throwing the ball, Clay’s been throwing the ball, you don’t want to mess them up. I think they’re going to do what’s best for them, and then slot me in there.”
As far as his absence from postgame interviews, Beckett had a short response.
“That was my choice,” he said.