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Ace gets extra rest after 'pop' in his back

MIAMI -- Florida Marlins ace Josh Beckett was bumped in the rotation
to Saturday, giving him three extra days of rest to recover from a
strained back muscle.

Beckett threw about five minutes Tuesday before feeling some
pain and stopping. Nonetheless, he plans to throw long-toss
Wednesday and a bullpen session Thursday. If both go well, the
World Series MVP expects to start Saturday at Tampa Bay.

"It's nothing we want to stress and go backward," he said.
"We've got time."

Beckett left Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox
in the fourth inning after feeling a "pop" in his back. It was
his first start since returning from the 15-day disabled list
because of a blister on his right middle finger.

Beckett said he's never had any back problems, calling his
latest injury "a freak deal."

Manager Jack McKeon said he would have a better timetable for
Beckett's return after the bullpen session Thursday.

"Who knows if he can go or not?" McKeon said. "We'll have to
wait and see."