“[Josh Beckett] threw a split to [Alex] Rodriguez … and [his back] really tightened up on him,” the manager told NESN’s Heidi Watney on Red Sox Extra Innings.
Francona thought Beckett pitched well and will get the injury checked out on Wednesday. He also said J.D. Drew‘s left calf is sore and his right hamstring tightened up on him, so Drew was removed from the game in favor of Jeremy Hermida — who came through with the game-winning hit.
“[Hermida] took a great swing,” Francona said of his two-run double against Mariano Rivera.
Of course, Tito also touched on the controversy that arose when pitching coach John Farrell summoned Manny Delcarmen from the bullpen after pulling Beckett from the game. Joe Girardi protested when Delcarmen was given extra time to warm up, claiming Beckett had shown no sign of injury.
“Johnny looked at the umpire and said he needed another guy and the umpire said OK,” Francona said. “There was communication.”
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