FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett was in the wrong place at the wrong time during Monday's pregame batting practice. The Red Sox righty was standing in short left field when he was struck on the side of the head by a batted ball. After being examined by a doctor at City of Palms Park, Beckett was diagnosed with mild concussion symptoms.
The Red Sox sent Beckett home so he could rest. The club will update his condition on Tuesday. Beckett was originally scheduled to start on Thursday against the Phillies, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona said it's too early to know whether that schedule might have to be altered.
"He's got a headache," Francona said. "He's been evaluated already. We'll get somebody to look at him tonight, and then, when he comes in [Tuesday], we'll check on him again to see what level, if any, of a workout he could do -- or should do."
Beckett was clearly jolted when hit by the ball. He went down to one knee, and teammates called for the training staff. When Beckett walked off the field, his hand was covering his head.
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The ball that hit Beckett came off the fungo bat of batting practice instructor Ino Guerrero.
Beckett gave up a run over two innings on Sunday night against the Twins in his first start of the Grapefruit League season.
"He was fungoing a ball back in the infield and hit him in the head," Francona said. "I think it hit him in the temple. Bet you it felt like a bolt of lightning. That's really not what you're expecting. It's just a fluke thing."