Wilson says he'll make his next start

Wilson says he'll make his next start

Wilson says he'll make his next start
BOSTON -- C.J. Wilson said there is still some numbness in his left index finger, but the southpaw said he'll be ready to go for his next start, which is Tuesday against the Rays.

"It will be fine," Wilson said. "I had the same thing happen in Spring Training a couple of years ago and I still pitched a few days later."

Wilson had to come out of Thursday's start against the Rays in the sixth inning after trying to barehand Casey Kotchman's infield single. The ball deflected off the index finger, and Wilson ended up leaving the game with numbness.

Third baseman Adrian Beltre made it through Thursday's game without any problems. It was his first start since missing five weeks with a strained left hamstring. Manager Ron Washington said Beltre did a good job "managing" the hamstring, particularly when scoring from first on David Murphy's second-inning double.

"He is aware he has to be cautious," Washington said. "He's probably exerting himself at 80 percent. He has more in there, but he has to decide when to kick it back in."