Last start leaves Beckett feeling numb

After easily his worst start in two years, Josh Beckett complained of tingling and numbness in his throwing hand. That’s bad news. The Red Sox have pushed back his next start an extra three days in order to get him some rest.

This kind of numbness could be just a passing thing, or it could be caused by a number of problems, such as an impinged nerve or even narrowing of the spine at certain vertebrae. This close to October, the Red Sox better pray that it is not a serious issue, or their postseason chances could go down the drain. The loss of Beckett could require getting Justin Masterson back into the rotation, or pressing someone like Bartolo Colon, Charlie Zink or David Pauley into the rotation. Not good.

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