June 29th, 2013
Remember when the Dodgers had a surplus of starting pitching to start the season? Now they are desperate just to find pitching. LA got some bad news today, as right-hander Josh Beckett will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.
Beckett has been diagnosed with Thoracic outlet syndrome, and has been experiencing nerve irritation in his neck, as well as numbness in his pitching fingers. The surgery is expected to sideline Beckett for 3-5 months, and will be performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas.
Although Beckett wasn’t slamming fried chicken in the clubhouse like his days in Boston, this season he’s been more abused than a battered housewife. He went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA. He’s also owed $15.75 million this year and next year.
Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter underwent the same operation last July, and is currently experiencing a slow recovery one year later. This means the Dodgers will now have two pitchers under contract next year, who may miss time recovering from injury in Chad Billingsley, and Beckett.