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Posted on Mon, Jun. 23, 2003

 

MARLINS NOTEBOOK

Beckett `definitely ready to go'

Final rehab start set for Thursday

By KEVIN BAXTER

 

 

Josh Beckett, who admits impatience is his worst enemy, will make his second rehab start Thursday, pitching for Double A Carolina in a Southern League game against Mobile.

 

Beckett, who threw 42 pitches in three scoreless innings in a Single A game Saturday, will throw a maximum of 75 pitches Thursday and, if all goes well, could return to the Marlins rotation July 1.

 

''I'm definitely ready to go,'' Beckett said Sunday. ``For a guy like me, it's not easy to stand still.''

 

Beckett said he has no pain in his sprained right elbow, but he has been ordered to follow a conservative schedule to avoid any setbacks. His return has already been pushed back two days by rainouts that delayed his rehab appearances.

 

Beckett, who made three trips to the disabled list last season, has been out since tweaking his arm in the first inning of a start against San Francisco on May 7.

 

Beckett's return figures to bolster a staff that has been dominant of late. In their past four games, the Marlins have allowed just four runs and 17 hits, and they have allowed one run or fewer in three of their past four games and four of their past seven.

 

Florida's starters rank third in the National League with a 3.87 ERA.

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