TORONTO — Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett has a sprained right ankle and will miss his next scheduled start, which was to be Sunday against the Rays.
Beckett left in the fourth inning of Monday's start at Toronto after feeling pain in his ankle on consecutive pitches. He flew to Boston on Tuesday to be examined by a specialist.
Red Sox medical director Tom Gill said in a statement that Beckett's "examination was consistent with an ankle sprain," adding that an MRI exam revealed no damage to the ankle tendons or Achilles' tendon. He will be re-evaluated this week.
An All-Star for the third time this season, Beckett has a 2.49 ERA in 27 starts that is tied with Angels RHP Jered Weaver for second in the AL, behind Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (2.34).
LAMAR RESIGNS: Former Rays general manager Chuck LaMar resigned from his job as assistant GM of the Phillies. No reason was given. LaMar, who lives in the Clearwater area, joined the Phillies in October 2007 and has been assistant GM since November 2008.
CARDS COMPLAINT: A day after Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols complained about hitting in late-afternoon shadows in a loss to the Brewers, his manager backed him up. Tony La Russa said he'd been hesitant to criticize conditions after the 4-1 loss because it might be perceived as sour grapes. The Cardinals were 2-for-22 the last seven innings of a game that started at 3:10 p.m.
In other Cardinals news, INF Nick Punto was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 36 games because of a strained left oblique.
MARLINS SHAKEUP: The Marlins, whose owner Jeffrey Loria has expressed disappointment with the state of their farm system, hired Marty Scott as vice president of player development to replace Jim Fleming, who was reassigned as special assistant to president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest.
BLUE JAYS: CF Rajai Davis was shut down for the rest of the season after having a setback in his recovery from a torn left hamstring. … RHP Kyle Drabek, who was demoted June 14 after posting a 5.70 ERA in 14 starts, was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Also called up was OF Adam Loewen, a former top pitching prospect.
BREWERS: 2B Rickie Weeks is likely to be activated from the 15-day disabled list soon to allow him time to ease his way back. He has been out with a severely sprained left ankle since July 27.
DODGERS: C Tim Federowicz, RHP John Ely and OF/INF Jerry Sands were recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
INDIANS: Rookie 2B Jason Kipnis, on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with a strained hamstring, was activated. … RHP Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to have elbow ligament replacement surgery Sept. 14 and likely will miss the 2012 season.
ORIOLES: 1B Chris Davis was activated from the 15-day disabled list after he recovered from a slight tear in his right shoulder.
PHILLIES: SS Jimmy Rollins, who was eligible to come off the disabled list, remained out with a groin injury.
PIRATES: Opening day 3B Pedro Alvarez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, along with LHPs Jeff Locke, Aaron Thompson and Daniel Moskos. The contract of RHP Jared Hughes was purchased from Indianapolis, and RHP Evan Meek (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day disabled list.
ROCKIES: LHP Drew Pomeranz, a top prospect acquired in the trade that sent RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians, is set to make his major-league debut Sunday in a surprisingly fast recovery from an emergency appendectomy on Aug. 21. … INF Jordan Pacheco and RHP Jim Miller were recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and C Wilin Rosario was called up from Double-A Tulsa.
YANKEES: RHPs Hector Noesi, George Kontos and Andrew Brackman and OF Greg Golson were promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.