Beckett able to play catch

May, 21, 2010
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PHILADELPHIA -- Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was able to play catch Friday with pitching coach John Farrell as trainer Mike Reinold looked on.

Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week with a lower-back strain. He is scheduled to come off the DL on June 3, but the Red Sox say don't want to rush him and will do what is in his best interests.

While his session with Farrell was brief, it was a positive step.

"That's the first step," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He will ramp back up throwing, and when he's ready for a side he'll do that and then we'll take it from there. We weren't thrilled with putting him on the DL, but if you're going to err, you gonna err on the side of caution. We did the right thing."

Beckett is 1-1 with a 7.29 ERA in eight starts.

"If you give a guy kind of that deep breath and they know they don't have to worry about their next start, I think that helps because they're not pushing to pitch. He can relax a little bit and get some treatment," Francona said.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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