After Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left Friday night's game with a hyperextended left knee after the fifth inning, manager Terry Francona will throw a side session Sunday morning. The team will then reevaluate him and decide how they want to proceed with the right-hander.
Francona said Beckett is scheduled to appear in Tuesday's All-Star game, but that Sunday could play a role in whether he can or can't go.
"Obviously, not just for his start going forward with us, but with All-Star ramifications, you don’t want to hold up the league. They've got their hands full as it is," Francona said before Saturday night's game. "If he’s OK, he’s OK. If he needs to hold off then we will do that also. We respect the All-Star stuff, but we also have an obligation to our team.”
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With right-hander on the mound for Alfredo Simon on the mound for the Orioles, the Red Sox will have an all-left-handed-hitting outfield in their lineup Saturday,with both J.D. Drew and Josh Reddick getting starts. The following is the Sox' batting order:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Josh Reddick LF
Jarrod Saltamacchia C
J.D. Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS
According to multiple reports, Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez has a meniscus tear in his right knee that will eventually require surgery.
Manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez has two options: have the surgery now and miss at least a month, or play through the injury and deal with it in the offseason. The third baseman is expected to make a decision as early as Saturday afternoon.
Rodriguez, who opted out of the All-Star Game to have an MRI on his knee, is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs this season.
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According to multiple reports, former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel may be joining the Ohio State football team's coaching staff as its defensive coordinator. The 35-year-old Vrabel is currently a free agent after most recent playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. Vrabel and current Ohio State Luke Fickell were roomates while at the university, with the linebacker having attended Fickell's introductory press conference in June.
"No, Luke hasn’t said he wants me on his staff," Vrabel told reporters in June according to the Kansas City Star. "Luke knows I still have time to play, and I’m traveling to Chicago or New York for meetings with the owners. Luke knows I’ve got a bunch on my plate right now. …
Though Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett received a scare when he suffered a mild hyperextension of his left knee while slipping on the mound throwing a pitch in the fifth inning, the starter said he expects to be fine within a couple of days.
He described his left knee as "a little tender" following an incident that required a visit to the mound from a Sox trainer, but said that he is planning on throwing on his normal side day on Sunday in order to prepare for a possible appearance in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Beckett (8-3, 2.27) foresees no issue with regards to his availability for the Midsummer Classic.
“Doc told me in a few days I’ll be fine, a couple days,” said Beckett. “I don’t [think the injury will affect the All-Star Game]. Like I said, if everything works out the way he said, I should be able to throw my normal side in a couple of days and everything like that.”
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