Beckett appeals six-game suspension
Red Sox ace Josh Beckett was surprised by his six-game suspension for the pitch that buzzed Bobby Abreu off the plate on Sunday. He is also surprised that Angels manager Mike Scioscia criticized him for not showing remorse:
“I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do. Am I supposed to go give him a hug? I wasn’t really in a hugging mood right then. I don’t really know what he wanted me to do,” said Beckett.
As for the suspension itself, which Beckett appealed on the spot?
“Yeah, we were pretty shocked. I think the appeal kind of speaks for everything that we feel,” Beckett said.
On how a pitch can go somewhere other than you want it when time is called at the last minute?
Every pitcher does that. I’ve seen guys that I’ve played with, they throw balls to the backstop. It’s just, it’s what we’re taught to do. We have to kind of protect ourselves in those situations. Stopping is not a good way to do that. It can end your career. One bad slip or something like that.”
“Like I said the other day, that ball could have wound up anywhere. It’s unfortunate where it ended up. That’s the only reason I’m standing here dealing with all this stuff. We’ll just see where it goes from here. Obviously we don’t agree. I respect the job that everybody has to do but I don’t agree.”
In other news, Julio Lugo could start his rehab for Triple-A Pawtucket as early as Tuesday.