It was revealed after the Red Sox win of the season finale on Sunday night that Josh Beckett suffered an oblique injury during one of his bullpen side sessions and will not open the ALDS against the LA Angels on Wednesday night. Terry Francona juggled his rotation and now has Jon Lester opening Game 1 (now scheduled for 10:07 ET that night), with Daisuke Matsuzaka now pitching Game 2 on Friday night (9:37 ET).
It is now hoped that Beckett can go in Game 3 at Fenway on Sunday. The Red Sox will discuss more about his status later on Monday. Terry Francona believes that Beckett's injury isn't serious and will be able to make the start. Here's more from the Boston Herald.
No word yet on the status of either Mike Lowell or J. D. Drew. It is still believed both will be on the postseason roster with their injuries. How much playing time either gets is anyone's guess at this point.
Break out the rosary beads. The Red Sox might just need some help from above to get to the ALCS.
BTW, The Red Sox' own Don Orsillo will be doing the announcing of the Tampa Bay-Chicago/Minnesota ALDS series on TBS with Harold Reynolds. The Red Sox-Angels series will be done by Chip Caray and Buck Martinez. Go here for more on TBS' coverage of the ALDS and NLDS.