With Josh Beckett Hurt, Tim Wakefield Ready to Step Into Breach

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With Josh Beckett Hurt, Tim Wakefield Ready to Step Into Breach Josh Beckett
will skip his Friday start after experiencing back spasms while taking batting practice. The news was the talk of Red Sox Gameday Live, and NESN announcer Jerry Remy gave his take.

“[Beckett] could be back after missing one start,” Remy said after noting that it’s unclear how big a problem the back spasms are.

“The good news about this is, you have a Tim Wakefield ready to step into the rotation and ready to give them deep innings,” he said.

Wakefield was already slated to pitch on Wednesday to give Beckett some time off in between starts. With Beckett’s scratch, the rotation will proceed without him.

What Remy was displeased about was just how Beckett got the injury — swinging a bat in preparation for interleague play.

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