After Sunday’s loss to the Rangers, manager Terry Francona announced to the media that right-hander Josh Beckett would be making his return to the mound July 23 when the Red Sox visit the Mariners.
Beckett last pitched for the Red Sox on May 18 in New York. He’s been sidelined since with a back injury, but after making two rehab starts, the big righty is ready to go.
The return of Beckett comes on the heels of the announcement that fellow starter Clay Buchholz will be returning to the rotation on Wednesday in Oakland for the finale of a three-game series with the Athletics.
Getting Beckett and Buchholz back now will be big for the Red Sox who head out on a 10-game West Coast road trip that will begin a stretch that will see them play 20 of their next 27 on the road.
“This is it, this is when the pitching, over the next 27 games, the pitching has to carry them and get them in a position where they can catch the wild card and be in it in September,” Peter Gammons said on W.B. Mason’s Red Sox Extra Innings.
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