Lester to continue rehab in Pawtucket; Beckett put on DL
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Josh Beckett on the disabled list Saturday, and recalled righty Devern Hansack from Triple-A Pawtucket in time for him to start the second game of a day-night doubleheader against Atlanta.
The Red Sox also sent lefty Jon Lester, cancer-free since December after undergoing chemotherapy to treat lymphoma, to Pawtucket for his second rehabilitation assignment of the season.
Beckett (7-0) has a torn flap of skin on the middle finger of his throwing hand. The right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 14, and is expected to pitch against Cleveland in Boston on May 29.
Hansack had been with Boston from May 3-11 and appeared in one game, allowing one run in 2-3 of an inning against Toronto. In the last game of last season, a 9-0 win over Baltimore, he didn't allow a hit in five innings before the game was called because of rain.
Lester, diagnosed with lymphoma last August, started at Ottawa on Saturday night. In 3 2/3 scoreless innings, he allowed one hit and one walk and struck out two. He threw 48 pitches and retired the last 10 batters he faced.
Lester was 7-2 with Boston last season. In the last outing of his first rehab assignment on May 2, he had cramping in his left forearm, leading to his current rehab stint.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press