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Josh Beckett Placed on DL, Wakefield Joins Rotation

Josh Beckett (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

After Josh Beckett was pulled from Tuesday’s game against the Yankees for back spasms, he said he shouldn’t miss a start. He was wrong. The Red Sox placed Beckett on the 15-day disabled list, meaning Beckett will miss at least one turn in the rotation (and probably two) with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield taking his place in the rotation.

“We thought about bumping him back, maybe having him miss a start. Then we started thinking ‘OK, if we do that, if we put him on the disabled list, he can basically miss the one start and we can line it up where he comes off the day he’s eligible,’ ” Terry Francona said.

“I think we all, as we talked through it, realized that that was probably the, certainly the safest thing to do. … He’s OK. The last thing we want to have happen is have him pitch with a back and turn the back into something else where it feels like he’s not using his legs or something and he hurts his shoulder. so we really want to make sure he’s OK.”

Beckett, who has a 7.29 ERA in eight starts, will likely be ready to pitch when he comes off the disabled list on June 3 against the A’s.

In Beckett’s place, the Red Sox called up 35-year-old lefty Joe Nelson, who was pitching well (2.49 ERA) in Pawtucket. According to the Globe, he was the last cut in Spring Training.

Do you think the time away from the mound will help Beckett, or will he continue to struggle when he gets back?

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