Beckett Throws Simulated Game, Ready For First Start Next Tuesday

      FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett
threw 40 pitches in a three-inning, simulated game on the back
field at City of Palms Park on Friday.
      Beckett missed his scheduled start on Thursday. He experienced
mild concussion symptoms after being hit in the left temple on
Monday by an errant ball while shagging flies in the outfield
during batting practice.
      Beckett is expected to make his next start on Tuesday. The Red
Sox have split-squad games that day against the Astros at home and
in Jupiter, Fla., against the Cardinals.
      Beckett is coming off a disappointing 6-6 season in which he had
a 5.78 ERA with 45 walks.
      
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