Beckett will miss Friday's start with spasms

BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona says pitcher Josh Beckett will probably miss Friday's start because back spasms kept him from making his usual off-day workout.

Francona says that Beckett was checked out Tuesday morning by doctors after experiencing tightening in his lower back and side. The manager says Beckett just needs to rest.

Beckett had already been pushed back from Wednesday to Friday because of the injury. Tim Wakefield will pitch Wednesday, and there is an off-day on Thursday that will allow the rotation to get back in order.

Francona also says that J.D. Drew is back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing Monday with vertigo.

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