Terry Francona Says Pushing Back Josh Beckett’s Start Is ‘a Good Thing’

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Terry Francona Says Pushing Back Josh Beckett's Start Is 'a Good Thing' Although Josh Beckett‘s next start was pushed back to Friday, there’s no cause for alarm. The ace isn’t hurt — he could just benefit from a bit of extended rest.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona discussed the decision to push back Beckett and have Tim Wakefield start on Wednesday against Toronto.

“[The move gives] Beckett a chance to have a second side, which probably won’t be very lengthy,” Francona told Heidi Watney on Monday’s edition of Red Sox Gameday Live. “It’s really good for him. It also helps us keep Wake stretched out, like we wanted to do.”

Wakefield lost his spot in the rotation when Daisuke Matsuzaka returned from a neck injury, but he has remained active, most recently throwing an inning against New York on Sunday night. Francona said the goal was to continue getting work for the knuckeballer and squeezing him in for a start when possible.”

“We don’t  know what the future holds, but at least we won’t let him get too far where he hasn’t pitched,” Francona said. “We’re trying to make this work, and I think this is a good thing.”

For more from Francona and Heidi, check out the video below.

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