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Red Sox Spring Training 2012: Josh Beckett Has A Thumb Injury

The Red Sox almost got out of Spring Training without any important injuries; almost.

Alfredo Aceves has just told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that Bobby Valentine informed him Josh Beckett has a thumb injury. Aceves was then instructed to be ready to take Beckett's place in the rotation for game two of the regular season against the Detroit Tigers.

Anytime Beckett has an injury, it's big news. Not only is Beckett expected to be a major part of the rotation, but it's welll known that he has a past of injuries.

Last year, Beckett went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 30 starts after having a disastrous 2010 season in which his ERA ballooned to just under 6.00.

With the AL East being as strong as it has ever been, Boston needs it proverbial ace to be firing on all cylinders.

Of course, if the injury doesn't linger and only costs him one start, Beantown has nothing to worry about.

Then again, it's Boston. Something always needs to be worried about.

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