BOSTON — The slumping Red Sox will get a boost in their bid to hold off the Rays for the AL wild-card slot.
Manager Terry Francona said RHP Josh Beckett, who missed a start with a sprained right ankle, will start Thursday or Friday against Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.
Beckett threw a side session Monday and played long toss Tuesday, reporting no problems. Francona said he left it up to Beckett which day he will pitch.
Beckett is 12-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 27 starts this season. In two starts against the Rays, he has allowed two hits and no runs in 17 innings.
In other Red Sox news, 3B Kevin Youkilis returned after missing four games with a sports hernia, but DH David Ortiz was scratched with back spasms. And RH reliever Bobby Jenks, out for the season with a back injury, was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.
MANNY FREED: Manny Ramirez, who retired in April from the Rays rather than face a suspension for use of a banned substance, was released on $2,500 bail after spending the night in Broward County Jail on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery. Ramirez declined to speak with reporters.
DEAL FOR CARPENTER: The Cardinals and RHP Chris Carpenter agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal. Carpenter, 36, said the contract could be his last.
ANGELS: Ace RHP Jered Weaver is likely to pitch on short rest Sunday, manager Mike Scioscia said.
BRAVES: RHP Jair Jurrjens, out with a bone bruise in his right knee, is unlikely to pitch again this season.
MARLINS: OF Mike Cameron was released for conduct detrimental to the team, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
PHILLIES: 2B Chase Utley was cleared to return from a mild concussion and is expected to start Thursday.
RANGERS: RF Nelson Cruz and RH reliever Darren O'Day were activated from the disabled list.
YANKEES: C Francisco Cervelli is out indefinitely with a concussion.