Boston's Josh Beckett threw a simulated game before the Red Sox game with the Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.
Beckett threw 65 pitches to Gulf Coast League players and Jeremy Hermida, according to the Providence Journal 's Brian MacPherson .
Hermida stood in the batter's box for two at-bats, but didn't swing.
Beckett threw all his pitches, MacPherson reports, and gave up just one fly ball to the outfield.
Beckett was scheduled to throw in a Gulf Coast League game in Sarasota, but rain forced him to throw the simulated game indoors at Tropicana Field. Beckett's been out since May 18 with a strained lower back. The Triple-A Pawtuckett Red Sox are home on Sunday, when he is scheduled to pitch again.
Hermida is on the disabled list with broken ribs, but was scheduled to take batting practice today.
UPDATE: Beckett will indeed pitch Sunday in Pawtuckett .
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