Josh Beckett to miss Thursday start

Updated: March 2, 2011, 10:30 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett has been given medical clearance to resume physical activity Wednesday after suffering a mild concussion earlier this week, but he was scratched from his next scheduled start Thursday as a precaution. He is expected to be able to make his next turn on Tuesday.

Beckett was hit in the head by a baseball on Monday and was held back from doing anything physical on Tuesday.

"He passed his test, which means he's allowed to do some activity," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Wednesday morning. "Now, they have to monitor his activity. He'll do some biking and some light throwing and see how he progresses from there."

Stolmy Pimentel will make Beckett's scheduled start for the Red Sox against the Phillies at City of Palms Park.

"We'll just keep [Beckett] on his schedule to pitch his next time out," explained Francona. "How he gets to that start is up to how he feels, and how he and [pitching coach] Curt [Young] decide to do it.

"The No. 1 thing is to make sure he's OK and he can tolerate his activity. Once he does that, he's only missing one day of throwing and that's not significant, but we'll see where he's at."

Beckett was tested after the injury Monday and again Monday night, Tuesday morning and again Wednesday morning.

Joe McDonald is a reporter for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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