Update: Josh Beckett to have injured ankle examined

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6:40 p.m. EDT update: According to the Boston Globe, Josh Beckett will have his injured ankle examined Tuesday by Dr. George Theodore in Boston.

“It felt like it was locked up and then like it popped in and out of socket or something,” Beckett said after the game.

The Red Sox should know more about his status after the evaluation tomorrow.

“It’s pretty bad timing,” Beckett said. “But I could be back out there in six days. We’ll see. Let’s not put the cart in front of the horse. Let’s do our due diligence.”

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Update: The Red Sox have announced that Beckett has a sprained right ankle.  No timetable for his return was provided.

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On the heels of losing Erik Bedard (knee) for at least a week and Bobby Jenks (back) likely for the rest of the season, the last thing the Red Sox needed was another pitching injury.  Unfortunately for them, Josh Beckett just came out of Monday’s game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning with a leg problem.

Beckett had pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out six before departing with a right foot or ankle injury.  It’s unclear how he got hurt, but he couldn’t push off the foot and he came out without trying any warmup pitches.

With a 12-5 record and a 2.49 ERA, Beckett has arguably been the AL’s second best pitcher this year.  If he has to miss a couple of turns, the Red Sox would be left with a rotation of Jon Lester, John Lackey, Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller and maybe Kyle Weiland.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.