Ace gets extra rest after 'pop' in his back

Updated: June 22, 2004, 7:28 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Florida Marlins ace Josh Beckett was bumped in the rotation to Saturday, giving him three extra days of rest to recover from a strained back muscle.

Josh Beckett
Starting Pitcher
Florida Marlins
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L Sv K ERA
12 4 4 0 78 3.86

Beckett threw about five minutes Tuesday before feeling some pain and stopping. Nonetheless, he plans to throw long-toss Wednesday and a bullpen session Thursday. If both go well, the World Series MVP expects to start Saturday at Tampa Bay.

"It's nothing we want to stress and go backward," he said. "We've got time."

Beckett left Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning after feeling a "pop" in his back. It was his first start since returning from the 15-day disabled list because of a blister on his right middle finger.

Beckett said he's never had any back problems, calling his latest injury "a freak deal."

Manager Jack McKeon said he would have a better timetable for Beckett's return after the bullpen session Thursday.

"Who knows if he can go or not?" McKeon said. "We'll have to wait and see."


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