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Beckett sidelined with back spasms

09.28.09 at 6:29 pm ET
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Josh Beckett was scratched from his start Monday night after experiencing mild spasms on the upper left portion of his back. He was replaced by Michael Bowden.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that it is an ailment that had bothered Beckett for some time, but when the pitcher couldn’t get comfortable  on the team’s plane ride back from New York Sunday night, and then experienced discomfort Monday morning, it was determined that rest would be the preferred approach.

‘€œEvery time something happens we try to make it be beneficial,’€ said Francona. ‘€œRather than whine about something, we try to make something that was maybe a negative today and turn it into a positive. We’€™ll sit with him and the medical staff and figure out the best course of action for him and we’€™ll adjust to it.’€

Beckett had referenced the importance of getting extra rest while speaking in Baltimore, saying regarding getting the extra day of rest, “I’€™ve been basically on five days for five or six starts in a row, and it catches up to you. I think this was definitely what I needed. My body needed it. I’€™ve been dealing with something different almost every start. They’€™ve made it possible to build that [rest] in over the past four years and my body has become accustomed to it. I haven’€™t had many breathers other than those two extra days [after the All-Star break] there.’€

Pitching on an extra days rest, Wednesday in Kansas City, Beckett allowed two runs over six innings, giving up 12 hits while throwing 103 pitches.

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