Mar 8, 2012; Jupiter, FL. USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett (19) warms up between innings against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Red Sox 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
As we found out today, new Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey will have thumb surgery and miss the start of this season. They got much better news on their starting pitcher, Josh Beckett. Alex Speier from WEEI.com reports that Beckett got a good second opinion on his thumb in Cleveland today, and he should be ready to go against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was asked today if he expected Beckett would be ready for the second game of the season. His response? "Totally".
He said that he will not seek an alternate starter for the game in Detroit. There was speculation that they might go with Alfredo Aceves in that game, but it looks like there will be no need if Beckett is healthy and can pitch. The situation came out yesterday, but it seems like this was a disaster avoided for the Red Sox.