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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.