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Josh Beckett says he’s fine, “dumbfounded”

Josh Beckett

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett throws to the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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Josh Beckett’s flights around the country to get medical opinions on his thumb were tracked by the Red Sox press the way NORAD tracks Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Beckett says, however, that he’s “fine.” And he adds that it’s much ado about nothing:

“I really have no idea how this got blown out like this. I was dumbfounded. The text messages and the e-mails I was getting from guys, I was like, what’s going on here? I think a lot of it had to do with Andrew Bailey also having injured his thumb. But he injured his thumb on one thing. Mine was something that’s happened over time.”

Chronic and degenerative is always better than quick and acute!

Just kidding. If he says he’s fine, he’s fine. But don’t be surprised if his thumb has its own beat writer assigned to it soon.