Josh Beckett threw a bullpen session on Monday. No word on if it went well or not, but we must assume nothing terrible happened:
Beckett is expected to need another bullpen session or two before he embarks on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.
The earliest he could return is roughly the first week of July. But it is likely to be later than that as the Sox will want to make sure Beckett is OK and not in danger of altering his mechanics.
The Red Sox are in no rush to get Josh Beckett back, so Abraham is right in assuming they're going to take their time with the former ace (yeah, I called him that).
In other news, the Orioles designated reliever and former Red Sox Cla Meredith for assignment today.
The Red Sox need a bullpen arm, so why not give Meredith a shot back in Boston? Historically, Cla has given up a lot of hits while not walking or striking out many. That's an odd combination for a reliever, but he has found some success in the past. Here are his numbers from 2010:
|2010 - Cla Meredith||0-2||21||0||0||0||1||1||15.0||18||9||9||4||4||7||5.40||1.47|
I would be for the Sox acquiring him and stashing him in Pawtucket (AAA) for a little while. They can see if he has regained some of his form and call him up. It certainly wouldn't cost much to bring Meredith on board either.
What do you think: should the Sox try to acquire the newly DFA'd Cla Meredith?