Beckett 'more than likely' will miss start

BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett did not throw a bullpen session on Thursday, and it's questionable whether he will do so on Friday, making it "more than likely" that he will miss his next start, manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday.

Beckett was removed from Tuesday’s game with two outs in the top of the third inning after suffering back spasms while pitching on a wet mound at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have not determined whether Beckett will need a trip to the disabled list.

“He’s not throwing today and I’d say it’s questionable for him to throw tomorrow, which would then make it questionable that he would make his next start, which means he won’t make it, more than likely,” Valentine said.

“He feels much improved today and had a great night's sleep. He’s still a little limited in his motion.”

Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales will be available out of the bullpen Thursday night, but Valentine indicated on Wednesday afternoon that he would be the one “waiting in the wings” if Beckett can't ’t make his next start on Sunday against the Twins.

“I’m going to talk to Josh and see what he [thinks]. He’s been through this a couple of times before and I’ll just get all the information and figure out if Tuesday’s feasible or Wednesday’s feasible, and what that does to the rest of the staff and if it would be better to give him the entire break,” Valentine said.

This is the third time since 2010 that Beckett injured his back while pitching on a wet mound.