Josh Beckett Injury: Thumb Knocks Red Sox Starter Off Opening-Day Roster

BOSTON, MA - Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st inning at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Red Sox might be without Josh Beckett for the second game of the season.

After all the sturm und drang surrounding the Red Sox' rotation struggles last year, the team quietly filled the last two spots in the rotation with in-house options. They appeared to be settled and ready for the season.

But, wait. Danger approaches:

Alfredo Aceves probably wasn't supposed to say anything, but once he did, the Red Sox confirmed the story.

Aceves is a rubber-armed swingman who pitched 114 innings last year in four starts and 51 relief appearances. If Beckett can't go, the rotation to open the Red Sox' season will be Jon Lester, Aceves, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, and Daniel Bard. It isn't exactly Roy, Cliff, and Cole, but the Red Sox should score a few runs this season. They could be fine.

But that's a lot of untested pitching on a roster built to win now. Beckett will be checked out by a doctor in San Antonio soon, and we should know more this week.

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.