Red Sox pregame notes

June, 22, 2011
BOSTON -- My skates are off and my spikes are back on for the remainder of the Red Sox season. I’m back at Fenway Park today and here are some morning updates from manager Terry Francona:

-- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett is still dealing with the flu bug and remains questionable for his next scheduled start on Saturday at Pittsburgh.

“He’s really sick,” Francona said. “Doctors are trying to figure it out. I have not seen him this morning. He wasn’t good yesterday and we’re going to have to play this one by ear. There are some pitchers, because of the off day, that we’re actually OK.”

If Beckett begins to feel better in the coming days, Francona is not inclined to throw the veteran right-hander out there immediately.

“We’ll see how he responds [Thursday],” Francona said. “He just has a good old-fashioned case of the flu.”

In case Beckett can’t pitch on Saturday, lefty Andrew Miller is set to throw a shorter side session on Thursday in case he’s needed to start in place of Beckett.

-- Right-handed reliever Bobby Jenks will throw a side session on Thursday and will increase his workload more than the 20-pitch session he tossed on Tuesday. Francona said Jenks has made “really rapid steps” in the last three or four days. If he responds well after Thursday’s extended session, the team and the medical staff will make a decision where Jenks goes from there.

-- Injured Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie is in Los Angeles and will have his left shoulder examined today by Dr. Lewis Yocum. Francona said there could be an update on Lowrie’s condition following this afternoon’s game.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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