Boston Red Sox pitchers Josh Beckett and Andrew Bailey are dealing with thumb injuries as the Major League Baseball season gets fully under way this week, according to the Boston Globe.
With the Red Sox opening their season April 5 at the Detroit Tigers, manager Bobby Valentine said that he “totally” expects Beckett to make his scheduled start April 7 after traveling to San Antonio today to have his thumb examined, the newspaper said.
Beckett, 31, didn’t miss a start this spring. His injury was disclosed to reporters by pitcher Alfredo Aceves, who was told by Valentine to be ready in case Beckett isn’t available, the Globe said.
Beckett has a “little situation that he’s getting taken care of today just for peace of mind,” Valentine said, according to the Globe.
A three-time All-Star, Beckett went 13-7 with a 2.89 earned run average last season.
Bailey, a closer who was acquired from Oakland in December, will be examined for a thumb injury in Boston today and may start the season on the disabled list, the Globe said.
The team declined to discuss the specifics of the injury, according to the newspaper. Because Bailey last pitched March 26, he would be eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on April 10, missing four regular-season games.
The 27-year-old Bailey was named an All-Star for the Oakland Athletics in 2009 and 2010. He had 24 saves and a 3.24 ERA last season.