Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Josh Beckett Throws Pain Free

After suffering back spasms a week ago, Red Sox ace Josh Beckett was back on the mound throwing pain free during a 45 pitch bullpen session today. Pitching coach John Farrell said his arm strength was surprisingly good considering the setback and he will make his spring training debut in a minor league game on Sunday.

We said early on this is the type of injury that could go away in a few days, or a few weeks or linger all season. In this case, it went away quickly and it looks like it won't derail Beckett's season. Kudos to those of you who swooped in and took advantage during drafts when people could have overreacted to the injury. For those of you who still have a draft upcoming, grab Beckett without any hesitation. He is a elite ace in Major League and fantasy baseball.

FANTASY IMPACT

Great news for you Beckett owners, as it looks like there will be no lingering effects from the back spasms. Even better news might be that, while Beckett won't start opening day in Japan, he should be available to pitch in the Red Sox first game stateside April 4th in Toronto. 200 IP, 200 Ks and 17 wins, seem all but in the bank for a healthy Beckett.

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