With Clay Buchholz still recovering from esophagitis and Felix Doubront showing signs of fatigue, now would be a good time for the Red Sox rotation to receive some reinforcements.

And they'll get a lift tonight when right-hander Josh Beckett returns from the disabled list to start against the Mariners.

Beckett missed two starts with weakness in his right shoulder. The team benched him out of an abundance of caution. With the All-Star break rapidly approaching, Beckett should get a nice chunk of rest that the team hopes will help him have a healthy, productive second half.

In many ways, Beckett has been the team's most consistent starter, despite owning just a 4-7 record and 4.14 ERA. More than one-third of his 36 earned runs have come in just two starts: a seven-run clunker against the Tigers in his season debut, and then another seven-run outing in his first appearance after his infamous golf outing on May 10 against Cleveland.

Otherwise, he has eight quality starts and a 2.78 ERA.

Beckett's last start came June 11 against the Marlins when he allowed four runs in seven innings of a 4-1 loss. Since that game, the Sox have gone 11-4, getting three outstanding starts from left-hander Franklin Morales.