Josh Beckett is going to see Dr. James Andrews about his sore right elbow, and that's almost always bad news.
Bad news for Beckett and bad news for the Red Sox, but not bad enough to keep the Sox from reaching the playoffs.
Remember, the Sox just took two of three from the Yankees with Beckett unable to pitch. Boston went 6-3 on a trip to Baltimore, Toronto and New York, without Beckett pitching once. Not only that, but the Sox are just 12-11 in Beckett's 23 starts this season.
Beckett is 11-9 with a 4.34 ERA. He gave up eight runs in 2 1/3 innings in his last start, Aug. 17 against Toronto, and afterward complained about a tingling sensation in his pitching hand. The Sox at first hoped he'd be able to face the Yankees this week, then rescheduled his next start for Friday night against the White Sox.
Now that's off.
Beckett is a great pitcher when he's healthy, and we saw last October how he could carry his team to a championship. With this latest news, the Red Sox have to wonder whether he'll be there for them this October.
But losing Beckett wouldn't mean the Red Sox miss October completely.
Here's one last reason why they won't: Of Boston's 29 remaining games, 20 will be at Fenway Park, where the Sox are 43-18.