On the Back Burner

On the Back Burner

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett watches his teammates during a morning Spring Training baseball practice in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday March 11, 2008. Beckett injured his back while warming up for an outing on Saturday and is not expected to make his next start in the rotation.

(AP Photo)

Beckett's Bad Back Could Get Sox Off on the Wrong Foot

ESPN: Beckett Likely to Miss Red Sox Opener in Japan

"...We're certainly not going to rush him back to pitch a game March 24 if he's not ready." -- 3.11.08, Terry Francona to ESPN's Jayson Stark

Too Little, Too Late: Beckett's Feeling Better

Just a Gut Feeling

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett throws while working out in the bullpen at the teams baseball spring training facility, in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008.

(AP Photo)

Beckett's Core Muscles Might Be in Better Shape
If He Spent Some Time at API Over the Winter

Men's Health: 6 Reasons You Need Abs

"Since most back pain is related to weak muscles in your trunk, maintaining a strong midsection can help resolve many back issues. The muscles that crisscross your midsection don't function in isolation; they weave through your torso like a spider web, even attaching to your spine.

"When your abdominal muscles are weak, the muscles in your butt (your glutes) and along the backs of your legs (your hamstrings) have to compensate for the work your abs should be doing. The effect, besides promoting bad company morale for the muscles picking up the slack, is that it destabilizes the spine and eventually leads to back pain and strain-or even more serious back problems." -- Men's Health, 6 Reasons You Need Abs

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