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Red Sox ace Beckett slated to pitch Sunday in Florida

Updated: March 23, 2008, 11:13 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

While his Boston Red Sox teammates are playing baseball in Japan, Josh Beckett is in Florida working his way back from back spasms.

Beckett, the ace of Boston's pitching staff, threw a 45-pitch bullpen session at the team minor league complex on Friday, according to reports.

The right-hander, who was scratched from a scheduled start on March 8 with back spasms, said he's beginning to making progress after a halting start to his rehab plan.

"There are still ...

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