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As if the Red Sox losing 3-2 to the Yankees Thursday afternoon wasn’t bad enough, there’s new information about the right elbow of Josh Beckett…and if it involves Dr. James Andrews, we know it’s not good.
Beckett will miss his next scheduled start (Friday), which has already been pushed back twice, because he’s continuing to experience discomfort in his right arm. The righty will visit with Dr. James Andrews in Alabama to be examined. The move is seen as cautionary (the Sox are in good position to make the playoffs), but it has to cause some concern in Red Sox Nation.
Terry Francona is not as concerned.
“I think the best word I can use is we’re just trying to get some closure. We never want to send anyone out there that’s not 100 percent. We’re no more pessimistic about him today than we were, but when he goes out there [again] we want him to be able to pitch with peace of mind.”
Meanwhile, the Red Sox played their final regular season game at Yankee Stadium and failed to put the Yankees out of their misery, losing 3-2. The Yankees can thank Jason Giambi for bailing them out (again). The former steroid slugger launched a game-tying two-run shot off Hideki Okajima and added a game-winning RBI single in the ninth for the victory.