BOSTON (CBS) –  After skipping his turn in the rotation on Saturday, Josh Beckett looks ready to rejoin the Red Sox‘ starting five on Thursday.

Beckett threw a side session on Monday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and according to his manager, all systems are go when the Sox return home to open a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians.

“He said he was fine and ready to go [Thursday],” manager Bobby Valentine said Monday, according to CSNNE’s Sean McAdam.

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Beckett skipped his turn Saturday against the Orioles with discomfort in his lat muscle. Valentine said there won’t be any restrictions come Thursday.

“It seems like it’s a regular start unless I’m told differently,” said Valentine.

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Beckett is 2-3 with a 4.45 ERA in five starts this season. He last pitched April 29, going 6.2 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, allowing three earned runs and striking out eight.


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