CHICAGO ó More trouble for the Red Sox. Josh Beckett has been scratched from his start on Sunday night against the Cubs because of shoulder inflammation.
The righthander has not been placed on the disabled list. Manager Bobby Valentine said he did not believe the injury was serious but that Beckett would probably be getting tests.
"Training room thinks that itís best that he rests it a little. He may get some tests. I think they want to do a baseline [test] and figure out where we are with that whole situation. So there may be a test," Valentine said.
Beckett is 4-7 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 starts. He has gone 15 innings in his last two starts and shown no apparent signs of injury.
"For now," Valentine said when asked if Beckett would stay on the roster. "Donít think itís serious. Heíll be pitching again, thatís for sure.
Beckett missed a start on May 5 because of a strained lat muscle.
Franklin Morales, who last started a major league game in 2009, will start in Beckett's place. Morales has been used in long relief in his last two appearances, going 4.1 and then 3 innings. He has not thrown more than 52 pitches in a game.