Beckett pitches four innings in rehab outing

Beckett pitches four innings in rehab outing

BOSTON -- In his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, Josh Beckett gave up three runs on five hits in four innings on Saturday night at Syracuse.

Hoping Saturday would be his last start before rejoining the Red Sox, Beckett also struck out three and walked one. Going into the game with an 85-pitch limit, Beckett tossed 80 pitches, 50 for strikes.

"If all goes well, we'll sit down and evaluate not only where we think he is, but where he thinks he is, and we'll see if he's ready to pitch for us or if he needs another one," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona before Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers.

In Beckett's first rehab assignment for Pawtucket on July 11, he pitched four innings, giving up one run on two hits. Beckett has been on the disabled list since May 19 with a lower back strain

If all goes well and he returns to the Red Sox starting rotation, Beckett could join the team in Seattle, when they play a four-game series beginning July 22.

Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.