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Ex-Boston ace Beckett on DL to rest shoulder

CHICAGO — The Red Sox placed RHP Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Saturday that the team is "going to take the conservative route."

"He's got some inflammation that we're going to calm down and take the time, whatever time it takes to do it," Valentine said. "We thought in-between starts was enough. He could have gotten an extra day or two, I guess."

Valentine said he didn't think the problem was related to a lat injury that caused Beckett to miss a start in the beginning of May. Beckett also has had a thumb issue all season that Valentine said the club might think about "dealing with" while he's on the DL.

Beckett declined to comment.

Beckett, the one-time ace who is 4-7 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 starts, was scheduled to start today. Valentine announced after Friday's game that LHP Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.04 in 22 relief outings) will start in his place.

Valentine's initial plan was for RHP Clay Buchholz to pitch on short rest in Beckett's place, but Buchholz felt he needed the extra days. He is scheduled to start Tuesday against Miami.

Morales might not have a pitch limit, according to Valentine.

"I think he can pitch more than five (innings)," Valentine said. "We have the off day (Monday) and a stacked bullpen. Whatever he gives us should be enough."

In other Red Sox news, former Rays LF Carl Crawford might be close to beginning a rehab assignment. Crawford, out all season with elbow and wrist injuries, felt no discomfort while playing long toss, the Providence Journal reported.

HAMILTON BACK HOME: Rangers OF Josh Hamilton was released from the hospital after becoming dehydrated because of an intestinal virus. The former Rays prospect, who spent the night at the hospital, was at home resting and is expected to work out at the ballpark today.

BAY OUT AGAIN: Mets OF Jason Bay is back on the disabled list with his second concussion in two years. Bay, who also missed six weeks this season with a broken rib, went on the seven-day DL for concussions. INF Justin Turner was activated from the 15-day DL.

FSU ALL-STARS: The South Division rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the North Division 6-3 in the 51st annual Florida State League All-Star Game in Port Charlotte, home of the Rays' Class A affiliate, the Stone Crabs. Charlotte LHP C.J. Riefenhauser pitched a scoreless first, OF Mikie Mahtook went 1-for-3 with a bases-loaded walk and INF Derek Dietrich went 0-for-3.

ANGELS: RHP Jered Weaver, on the DL since May 29 with a lower-back strain, threw 60 pitches in a four-inning simulated game Friday night without pain.

BLUE JAYS: RHP Drew Hutchison went on the 15-day DL with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament a day after he left his start after nine pitches.

BRAVES: RHP Brandon Beachy, who left his previous start Friday with soreness in his right elbow, had an apparent setback against the Orioles and was lifted in the fourth inning.

ROCKIES: SS Troy Tulowitzki is scheduled to fly to Philadelphia on Monday to be evaluated for a possible sports hernia. Tulowitzki's injury was described as a left groin strain when he went on the DL at the end of May.

TWINS: C Joe Mauer was held out of the lineup because of a sore hamstring.

WHITE SOX: LHP John Danks, who felt discomfort in his pitching shoulder during a rehab start last week, got no bad news during a checkup and should resume his rehab soon.

YANKEES: 3B Alex Rodriguez got a scheduled day off, though he pinch-hit in the 10th inning.

Ex-Boston ace Beckett on DL to rest shoulder 06/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 17, 2012 12:55am]

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