Red Sox Pitcher Josh Beckett Has No Ligament Damage in Ankle, Tests Show

Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett has no ligament damage in his sprained right ankle, which will force him to miss at least one start.

Beckett returned to Boston for tests yesterday, a day after leaving a 1-0 loss in Toronto during the fourth inning because of pain in his ankle. The righthander said after the game that he was concerned about the injury because he uses his right foot to push off the pitching rubber when throwing.

“His examination was consistent with an ankle sprain,” Red Sox medical director Tom Gill said yesterday in a statement. “An MRI was performed that confirmed no other injury to his ankle tendons, or his Achilles tendon. We will re-evaluate his symptoms and availability later this week.”

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Beckett will miss his next scheduled start on Sept. 11 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston last night beat the Blue Jays 14-0 to improve to 85-56.

The 31-year-old Beckett has a 12-5 record with a team- leading 2.49 earned run average in 27 Major League Baseball starts this season.

Boston trails the New York Yankees by 2 1/2 games in the American League Eastern Division with three weeks left in the regular season. The Red Sox lead Tampa Bay by eight games in the race for the wild card playoff spot, which goes to the second- place team with the best record.

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