Beckett encouraged by simulated game

Beckett encouraged by simulated game

Beckett encouraged by simulated game
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As far as simulations go, Friday served its purpose for Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett.

While throwing three innings and roughly 40 pitches against Minor League hitters on the back field of City of Palms Park, Beckett got more affirmation that he is fully over the mild concussion he sustained four days ago.

All systems appear go for the righty to make his next Grapefruit League start on Tuesday afternoon at City of Palms Park.

Now that he is fine, Beckett can admit he had some anxious moments earlier in the week.

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"I don't think initially I was that scared," said Beckett. "I went to lunch a day and a half later and I couldn't do it. I couldn't be away from my house without lying down, and that's when I finally said, 'Hey, something is wrong here.'

"I was kind of resistant to even thinking I had a concussion. I tried to come in the next day and I was like, 'I'm ready to go back to work. Let's get this over with,' and everything like that. That day, when I went to lunch, I kind of had a little bit of a setback."

But all that is gone now, as Beckett -- who took a liner to the left side of his head during batting practice on Monday -- can simply focus on pitching again.

"I'm actually good," said Beckett. "I'm really sore on the left side of my head, my jaw, and stuff like that. I think I'm pretty much back to normal."

Aside from lacking the adrenaline of a normal Spring Training start, Beckett got what he needed to out of Friday's session.

"I thought we mixed in everything -- they brought in lefties and righties, so I got to throw a little bit of everything," Beckett said. "In fact, this time of year, it's good to get a little bit tired. And I did get a little bit tired. In between the second and third inning of going into those warm-ups, I could tell the difference."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.