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Beckett To Throw Side On Sunday, Not Concerned With Hyper-Extending Knee

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Josh Beckett (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Josh Beckett (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The Boston Red Sox say pitcher Josh Beckett slightly hyper-extended his left knee on the wet mound at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox pulled Beckett after the fifth inning against Baltimore on Friday night, calling it a precautionary move.

Beckett will toss a side session on Sunday, and the team and the right-hander will then decide if he will still participate in Tuesday’s All-Star game.

“He’ll go out early tomorrow and throw a side. If he’s okay, he’s okay. If he needs to hold off we’ll do that also,” Francona said on Saturday. “We certainly respect the all-star stuff, but we also have an obligation to our own team. He understands that, and he’ll be honest with us.”

Boston already has three starters on the disabled list in Jon Lester (strained Lat), Clay Buchholz (back) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Tommy John).

Beckett was having problems with the wet dirt in the fifth after steady rain fell early in the game. The Red Sox were ahead 8-3 and brought in reliever Matt Albers to start the sixth inning.

(TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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