Josh Beckett injury: Red Sox righty leaves game with back spasms

Wednesday August 1st, 2012

The Boston Red Sox failed in their attempts to trade righthander Josh Beckett before Tuesday's trade deadline, and Beckett then went out and drew the ire of Fenway Park fans by failing to make it out of the third inning.

After issuing a bases-loaded walk to Miguel Cabrera on his 49th pitch of the evening, Beckett motioned for Boston's athletic trainer to come to the mound. Manager Bobby Valentine followed soon thereafter, wasting little time before signaling to the bullpen for righthander Clayton Mortensen to replace Beckett.

Not unexpectedly, Beckett's departure was met with much displeasure.

left with back spasms
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