Thumb Injury Could Knock Josh Beckett Off Red Sox' Opening Day Roster

Feb 25, 2012; Fort Myers FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett (19) warms up during spring training at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Red Sox fans got unexpected news this morning when Michael Silverman tweeted a comment by Alfredo Aceves. Aceves was told by manger Bobby Valentine that a "thumb issue" may sideline pitcher Josh Beckett to start the season. In that case, Aceves would pitch the second game of the season.

Aceves probably wasn't supposed to say anything, but the news was going to come out eventually. The Red Sox eventually confirmed the report. Beckett is on his way to San Antonio to get his thumb examined. He expects rejoin the team in Detroit on Wednesday to open the season.

Valentine down played the possibility of Beckett missing the beginning of the season. He says he "totally" expects Beckett to start the second game of the season. He also mentioned Beckett has been dealing with a thumb "situation" for a few weeks now. "Just been a little situation," Valentine said. "I think I might've mentioned it 10 days ago...As in all cases, you have to be prepared and I think we are. I think we're covered with whatever happens. The good news is in his 100 pitches yesterday, he felt terrific." Beckett hasn't missed a start this spring.

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