According to a source, Josh Beckett will be in Cleveland Tuesday to visit hand specialist Dr. Robert Graham at the Cleveland Clinic. The trip, according to the source, is for "peace of mind" for the pitcher regarding his right thumb. Monday, Beckett saw hand specialist Dr. Mark Bagg in San Antonio to examine the thumb.

Both Beckett and the team still expects the pitcher to make his scheduled start in Detroit, Saturday.

There are different ways of viewing the meaning of spring training, but one consideration typically overshadows all others. Ask any manager in spring training whether his camp is going well and his answer will begin, and sometimes end, with a description of the health of his club.



Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, asked about the recent suggestions by former Sox starter Curt Schilling that the start of his managerial tenure with the Sox "is going bad quicker than I expected it to," dismissed the criticism.

"I just consider the source when I read, hear stuff like that," Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers.

Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, whose injured right thumb was examined in Boston on Monday, will seek a second opinion on Tuesday, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers. Bailey, according to a major league source, will see Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland, the same doctor who performed surgery on Kevin Youkilis in 2010.

The fact that a second opinion is being sought suggests that the injury could be more far-reaching than initially anticipated. While manager Bobby Valentine did not go into specifics, he acknowledged that there was concern about Bailey.

Josh Beckett said via text message that he expects to make his April 7 start against the Tigers, writing when asked if it was fair to say he would making his start in Detroit despite a reported thumb injury, "As far as I know." He also reported the thumb was "fine."

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine also downplayed the injury when meeting with the media Monday morning, reporting that the starter threw 100 pitches in the bullpen Sunday and saying he "totally" expects Beckett to make the Saturday start.

 "I thought that the manager that managed the Mets that I was not a big fan of was now going to be a different manager, and I don't think there's anything different at all. There's a lot of things I think that are happening not just from his perspective, but when you talk to these guys -- and I'm still talking to some of these guys -- I don't think this is going well.



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Red Sox right-hander Alfredo Aceves told reporters in Fort Myers that, one day after the announcement that he would open the year in the bullpen, he was told by Sox manager Bobby Valentine that he might be necessary as a rotation fill-in for Josh Beckett to start the season. The reason, according to Aceves, was that the scheduled second starter in the Sox rotation is dealing with a thumb injury.

Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, one day after officially being named as the team's No. 5 starter.

Bard received the news Sunday morning that he had earned a spot in the rotation, and he said the feeling was "a little bit of relief. I tried not to worry about it too much these last couple of weeks, just try to focus on what I can control and going out there and trying to compete every five days, showing them that I'm capable of going deep in games. The rest of it was in their hands."

All spring, it seemed like the rotation was the unsettled part of the Red Sox. After all, the team spent the entire exhibition slate with a TBA slapped upon the last two starting spots, with the performances of as many as six starting candidates being treated like the shifting fates of the Dow Jones.



According to a major league source, Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is dealing with right thumb soreness that could result in a season-opening stint on the disabled list. The Red Sox are still gathering information on the injury as they determine how to proceed with the pitcher. 

UPDATE: Bailey, who was in the Red Sox dugout during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, will fly to Boston on Monday to have his thumb examined. The Red Sox, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters, do not know how the pitcher incurred the injury.