Beckett cleared to have normal day

March, 3, 2011
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett has been cleared to resume normal activity and he’s scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game in the bullpen on Friday at City of Palms Park.
Ino Guerrero
Courtesy of Joe McDonaldRed Sox staffer and BP pitcher Ino Guerrero, who accidentally hit Josh Beckett with a batted ball during practice Monday, wore a construction vest and yellow hat during practice Thursday -- courtesy of Beckett.

He’s expected to start on Tuesday.

“He’s going to have a normal day today. He feels really good,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

Beckett will be re-evaluated later today, and as long as everything goes OK he’ll throw the simulated game Friday.

“That’ll keep him going for his next start. He’ll stay right on his progression and it’ll keep his arm strength,” Francona said. “He’s not facing hitters, but it’s the next best thing. It’s under a controlled environment, which we are comfortable with.”

Beckett suffered a mild concussion when he was hit in the head by a baseball during batting practice last Monday. Red Sox staffer and BP pitcher Ino Guerrero was attempting to hit a shagged ball back to the infield when it got away and struck Beckett in the temple on the left side of his head.

Beckett became dizzy and dropped to one knee. After being attended to on the field, he was able to walk to the clubhouse on his own, and was later diagnosed with a mild concussion.

He was held out of any physical activity on Tuesday, was given permission to ride the stationary bike on Wednesday, and he’s back to normal on Thursday.

Prior to the team’s stretch Thursday morning, Guerrero was presented with a construction vest and bright yellow hat to wear during BP. Beckett gave it to him while wearing a white T-shirt.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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