Beckett scratched with back spasms

Updated: September 28, 2009, 10:58 PM ET
By Pedro Gomez | ESPN

BOSTON -- Almost on the heels of Jon Lester's potentially frightening line drive off his right knee on Friday night comes news that Josh Beckett was scratched from making his scheduled start on Monday night.

Beckett called manager Terry Francona on Sunday night after the club returned from New York and told him his back was tight. The club immediately made the decision to pass over Beckett in favor of reliever Michael Bowden, who made making his second career major league start.

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