Josh Beckett's All-Star decision looms

Updated: July 9, 2011, 8:30 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Less than 24 hours after being removed from Friday's game with a hyperextended left knee, Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett participated in his normal day-after routine Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The right-hander is scheduled to throw a side session on Sunday and then he'll be re-evaluated before a decision is made on whether he'll pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Phoenix.

Manager Terry Francona said the Red Sox would balance the interests of MLB with those of the team in making the determination.

"Obviously, not just for his start with us going forward, but the All-Star ramifications and we don't want to hold up the league," Francona said. "He'll go out tomorrow and throw a side (session) and if he's OK, he's OK. If he needs to hold off, then we'll do that also. We certainly respect the All-Star stuff, but we also have an obligation to our team. He understands that and he'll be honest about it."

Beckett left Friday's 10-3 win after the fifth inning for precautionary reasons with a hyperextended left knee.

"It's a little tender," Beckett said after the game. "It's not too bad, though. I've done this before, playing basketball when I was younger. It's called a loose joint, and when things go a little too far, it scared me more than anything."

The right-hander slipped on the wet rubber during the fifth inning and the game was halted so the grounds crew could place quick-dry on the mound.

"Everything was fine before that," he said Friday night. "It was just more of a precautionary deal. Doc told me he thinks I'll be fine in a couple of days."

The Red Sox have already lost starters Jon Lester (lat strain), Clay Buchholz (back strain) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Tommy John surgery), all of whom are on the disabled list. Also, John Lackey has been inconsistent since his trip to the DL with an elbow strain.

On a positive note, Beckett earned his eighth victory of the season on Friday. In fact, his 2.27 ERA before the All-Star break is the sixth-best by a qualifying Red Sox starter since 1946. The last Red Sox pitcher with a lower ERA at the break was Pedro Martinez, who posted a 2.26 in 2001.

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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