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Beckett: Shoulder, contract not concerns

03.30.10 at 4:35 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Speaking after his Tuesday morning workout at City of Palms Park, Josh Beckett said that he has not heard from his agent, Michael Moye, that any agreement on a contract extension is imminent. The Red Sox‘ Opening Day pitcher explained that he has put a system in place throughout negotiations that doesn’t allow Moye to weigh the hurler down with information regarding talks unless information is needed or a deal is imminent.

Beckett said as of Tuesday early afternoon he was unaware of many of the specifics cited in an ESPN report stated a deal might be a nearing, or other reports that the suggest the Sox have offered the hurler a four-year deal and that the team was wary of offering a fifth year due to concerns regarding his right shoulder.

“It forces me not to speculate. I let other people speculate. I don’t speculate. I go off of what I know and I don’t know anything,” Beckett said. “I move forward with today.

“(The contract negotiations) really haven’t entered my mind at all. I’m not too concerned with it. If it’s meant to be and the Red Sox want me to be here then I’ll stay here because I enjoy playing in Boston. Playing in front of those fans. I can’t imagine going anywhere else. They do everything they can to make us successful as possible and I don’t think there are a whole lot of organizations that do that. It’s not a knock on them, but it’s a testament to how the Red Sox treat their players.”

As for the shoulder, Beckett explained that the only time his performance on the field has been affected by the body part was back in 2000 when Dr. James Andrews instructed the then-20-year-old not to have labrum surgery after another medical team had recommended an operation. The most recent sign that Beckett’s shoulder is holding up came last month when he passed both the team’s and an insurance company’s physicals on the way to getting a policy he was denied following the 2005 season.

“It’s a non-issue for me as far as my shoulder goes,” he said. “It’s not something that I lay in bed and worry about. I’m very blessed to have already pitched eight years in the big leagues and here I am going into my ninth full season. Yeah, I’ve had some bumps in the road with my shoulder but I only remember one bump in the road that caused me to miss significant time with my shoulder and that was in the minor leagues.

“As far as my shoulder goes I think I’m in a good spot with the way I prepare myself to where I know I’ve done the work that not only helps me be successful on the mound, but also be successful in staying healthy with my shoulder. If you go up and down this row of lockers, everybody in here that pitches, they’ve all got nicks in their shoulders and elbows. It’s part of the business. What you’re looking for is try to get a basis. You do an MRI every other year of some sort to see if there are some changes, and for me I don’t think that there are many changes since 2000.”

For more on Beckett’s thoughts on his shoulder and contract click here.

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