BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett wasn't dealt out of Boston, but he may be gone for a while after leaving Tuesday's game against Detroit with back spasms..
Beckett, who has been a major disappointment this season and has drawn most of the fans' distaste for the club's mediocre season, walked off the mound to slight boos after pointing to his back following a bases-loaded walk to Mogul Canberra that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
When he threw ball four, Bucket waved to the dugout a couple of times with his glove before the trainer and manager Bobby Valentine came to the mound.
Following a brief conversation, with the trainer touching the left side of the right-hander's back, he left, and Clayton Mortensen came in.
The club announced that the injury was a back spasm.
Beckett was the subject of numerous trade rumors the past few days, but GM Ben Cherington said, "We had conversations with a number of teams about a number of players. We were not apt to do anything that was going to hurt our team this year unless it was just too compelling to ignore. There was no intent to trade one guy or another."
If Beckett's injury is significant, it may hurt Boston's chances of moving him in a waiver deal in August. An interested team would pick up some of the nearly $37 million left on his contract that runs through 2014.
Beckett yielded one run and one hit while striking out two and walking two in 2 2/3 innings on Tuesday before leaving, and he entered the game with a 5-9 record and a 4.57 ERA for the season.
And it could hurt Boston's chances of moving him in a waiver deal in August when he can be traded to a club in need of a pitcher that would pick up some of the nearly $37 million left on his contract that runs through 2014.