Questions have arisen over Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett’s injured shoulder. Although Beckett was skipped during last Saturday’s game due to the injury, he was seen playing golf only two days earlier with teammate Clay Buchholz, according to CBS Radio 98.5 The Sports Hub's Hardy.
Now the seriousness of Beckett’s injury is being questioned, as well as his honesty. However, there are also assumptions that Beckett may have simply displayed poor judgment by playing the round of golf.
Bobby Valentine, the manager of the Red Sox said to WEEI that, “Golf is part of the culture of baseball.” He added that he does not know “the specifics of the situation…if that was the case, I would say that was less than the best thing to do on the day off.”
Comments are limited as nobody knows exactly what is going on or why Beckett allegedly participated in a sport that requires the use of his back and shoulder. Valentine said, “Again, I don’t know the specifics of this situation. I don’t know if he was out in a charity match and just putting or if he was wailing away or if he felt that might have loosened him up. I have no idea what the situation actually is, so it’s hard for me to comment on it.”
While Beckett’s decision seems like an odd move, Valentine considers both sides. The manager said, “He wasn’t an injured player. I know that. We’ll take it from there, but I’m sure that Josh wouldn’t do anything that’s going to jeopardize his team or his season. I know that.”
Golf is viewed as an alternative outlet for pitchers, but it is viewed a mystery as to how Beckett could be swinging a golf club with an injured lat.