Posted May 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Thursday downplayed the uproar over pitcher Josh Beckett's golf outing after he was taken out of the rotation because of stiffness. Beckett, who was suffering from a sore lat last week, was scheduled to start Thursday night against Cleveland. ''I've never seen a pitcher get hurt playing golf,'' Valentine said. Valentine said Beckett was scratched from a start last week with stiffness, which he didn't think would be made worse by golfing. Had Beckett been sidelined with an actual injury, Valentine may have felt differently. ''I didn't think he was injured when he was skipped,'' Valentine said. Fans haven't been so forgiving since the story surfaced earlier this week. The Red Sox are off to a 12-18 start and sit in dead last in the American League East. Valentine, speaking before the Red Sox opened a homestand against the Indians, said he understands why fans were outraged Beckett was golfing ...
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