Josh Beckett Throws Side Session, Nothing Stands In Way of Return After two simulated starts, two rehab starts in Pawtucket and a 25-pitch side session, Josh Beckett is ready for his first official start in a Boston uniform since May 18.

Beckett got the nod to start Friday’s game against the Seattle Mariners after tossing a successful side session on Tuesday afternoon in Oakland. Beckett threw 25 pitches in the session, and after watching Beckett’s progression, pitching coach John Farrell sees no reason to prolong Beckett’s rehab stint.

“No physical ailments, no physical restrictions,” Farrell told NESN’s Heidi Watney in Tuesday’s edition of NESN Gameday Live. “It’s just a matter of commanding all of his stuff and making all the adjustments that any pitcher does from pitch to pitch.”

Beckett is the second of two Red Sox starters returning from the DL this week, as Clay Buchholz comes off to start in Wednesday’s afternoon game against Oakland.

To hear more about Beckett’s recovery and preparation for his first start in two months, including commentary from Tom Caron, Dennis Eckersley and Jerry Remy, please view the video below.