Beckett better after batting practice incident

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett said he was feeling better Tuesday after sustaining mild concussion symptoms following a freak accident in batting practice on Monday.

Beckett was hit in the head by a batted ball off a fungo bat.

"I feel all right, feeling better today," Beckett said Tuesday. "I think getting rid of some of the headache stuff I had [Monday] is probably good. Still no activity today."

Beckett is scheduled to make his second spring training start on Thursday, but will still need medical clearance.

"You go through a lot of emotions," he added Tuesday. "At first, you're [ticked] because you don't know what happened. I tried to walk and got real dizzy and took a knee. I had no idea what happened."

Beckett is trying to bounce back from a 2010 campaign that included a back injury which limited him to 21 starts. He was just 6-6 with a career-worst 5.78 earned run average last year and threw only 127 2/3 innings, the fewest since his rookie year of 2002 with Florida.

The 30-year-old right-hander, who will enter his sixth season with the Red Sox, signed a four-year contract extension last April.


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