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:
Aceves just told us he was told by Valentine that Beckett has a thumb issue that might require Aceves to start for Beckett in Game 2 #RedSox— Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) April 2, 2012
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.