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Francona on Beckett

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  September 28, 2008 11:54 PM

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The following is Terry Francona answering questions tonight about Josh Beckett's right oblique strain and his playoff availability:

Q: Oblique injuries can be tricky. How confident are you Josh will pitch Game 3?
A: I donít think we would slot him in. Now certainly, if it goes the wrong way, weíre going to use pretty good, hopefully very good, judgment. But I think that weíre slotting him in there because we think he can pitch there. I donít think Ė Friday was actually discussed. I think after Theo [Epstein] and I and John Farrell talked about it more and more and more, we thought that was pushing it. Because then youíre messing around with maybe cutting short a side session. Itís not just health, but itís competing also. He has to be able to go out there and execute his pitches. I think heís going to be OK.

Q: Do you have contingency plan in place?
A: Yeah, we will. We donít even have our roster set yet. We donít need to do that. Iíd never tell you guys before any players know. That wouldnít be good.

Q: How frustrating is this for you and for Josh?
A: I donít think itís frustrating. Things happen and you deal with him. If you deal with them well enough, you handle it. If you donít, you go home. I donít know. Things happen. You have to deal with them and find a way to win. I think Lester and Daisuke will do just fine.

Q: Have you discussed Tim Wakefield's postseason role?
A: We have. And again, thereís some uncertainty with some things. He understands whatís going on. Some of his stuff also will relate to other people. We can a little bit more tomorrow about some of that stuff. But weíre not going to have a roster until itís probably time to have a roster.

Q: Will you still have 10 pitchers on the playoff roster?
A: We donít know what our roster. Wonít know until weíre ready. We have a lot things we have to look at, with Lowell, with Drew, Beckett. We just donít think it makes sense to make a decision on Sunday night when we donít have to until Wednesday morning. Weíll regroup, have a lot of guys come out tomorrow. Weíll get on the plane and get out there and get ourselves out there and make, hopefully, very good decisions.

Q: Has Josh tweaked this before?
A: I canít speak for in his lifetime. Has he been battling this? No. I didnít even ask him [if itís happened ever before.] I think he has. I donít know. I really donít know.

Q: Do you know which side?
A: I think it was his right side. It was on his 40th pitch [of his side session Friday]. Because it was raining and things like that, he was almost done. I donít think it actually was something where he just threw it and grabbed it. It was almost in between pitchers, where he took a deep breath and, ĎMan, I feel something.í He went and got treatment. Theyíve been working on him. Initially, when you hear something like that, youíre kind of like, ĎDamn.í [A team doctor] came in and goes, ĎHey, relax. Weíll be alright.í So that was kind of reassuring.

A: Will he go to Anaheim?
Q: Yeah. Heíll throw a side on Thursday.

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