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Josh Beckett to get MRI to determine cause of numbness in fingers

May 27, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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Josh Beckett was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a right groin strain, but another health concern could delay his return to the Dodgers’ rotation.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Beckett will undergo an MRI tomorrow to find the source of numbness in his fingers. It’s believed that he has been dealing with the symptoms even before his groin injury.

Beckett, 33, has a 5.19 ERA and 41/15 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings over eight starts this season. Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly will continue to hold down spots in the Dodgers’ rotation for now.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Is it the fingers in his left hand?

    Because, you know….that’s kind of what happens when you gorge yourself on fried chicken and don’t occasionally work in some spinach, fatty.

  2. andreweac - May 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    That Webster trade looks worse and worse with time.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 28, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      When did it look good for LA?

  3. kw27p - May 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Thanks magic- signed Boston

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      You think Beckett was the main part of this trade? You don’t think that Gonzalez is an upgrade from Loney, and that Crawford is an upgrade from Juan Rivera? You don’t think that Nick Punto could possibly be hitting over .330 while playing 3 different positions? And just to be certain you still consider yourself a knowledgeable baseball fan?

      What a relief.

      • craigbhill - May 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        The Dodgers needed upgrades from position players who were scraping the bottom of the baseball barrel statistically throughout the later McCorpse years. This trade has been wildly successful in catching up to years of “uprade-neglect”. To get quality you have to give up quality. Luckily no one the Dodgers gave up has so far proven squat regarding the supposed lopsided quality of the Great.Punto Trade. All the RSox got so far has been salary relief, which to the Dodgers is a meaningless benefit. Yet the RSox management then turned around and signed prematurely aging Victorino to another bloated salary. RSox managment will discover what Dodger fans could have told them. Their loss.

        SO FAR Dodgers’ managment got the far superior return in that trade. If Webster turns into Kershaw II, it won’t look as good down the road. We will see. They may mismanage him into obscurity, as it seems they have Rubby do la Rosa, who—never know!—we might get back, cheap.

  4. djpostl - May 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Even if Gonzalez gets back to his best levels that deal is going to be an unmitigated disaster for the Dodgers.

    Crawford and Beckett’s deals are atrocious and they will never live up to them in a million years (though it won’t be for a lack of effort from Crawford, cannot say the same about that douchenozzle Beckett).

    To absorb that much money in sketchy deals AND send top tier prospects packing is both unheard of and inexcusable.

    The franchise deserves every ounce of grief they get for making that decision.

    • chill1184 - May 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      “To absorb that much money in sketchy deals AND send top tier prospects packing is both unheard of and inexcusable.”

      I propose a name for such move; An Omar Minaya

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      How are those top grade pitchers doing right now? I’m interested because they’re obviously much more valuable than a starting 1st baseman or a lead-off hitting left fielder.

      You’re all such great talkers. Beckett, the least valuable member of that trade, the guy slotted for the No. 3 pitching spot, is not performing despite the $15 million value placed on him by the Boston ownership, and so, somehow, the Dodgers are stooges. Got it.

      But what I’ve really gained by reading such idiocy is that nobody can tell a Boston fan anything that they don’t want to hear or believe. God love ya, each and every one.

  5. chill1184 - May 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Im sure the Red Sox are giggling at this trade right about now

    • craigbhill - May 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      That just says they’re as foolish as you.

  6. a15620 - May 28, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I was distraught over the trade last season until I saw what the Sox were getting in return. The only thing I can say about that trade now is…

    “Thanks Magic! Rubby and Allen were just added benefits!

    Signed Red Sox Nation”

  7. losanginsight - May 28, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Thanks for Carl and Gonzo Bombston.

  8. theskinsman - May 28, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Gonzo is the only player who will approach his old self. Crawford is a total fraud, and Beckett hasn’t been healthy in a long time. At least Josh has been among the very best at pitching, Gonzo has had success at hitting, and Crawford has among the highest paid for lowest value contracts you’ll find. Something for everyone!

    • patsandsox - May 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Red Sox fan and I was really bummed about Gonzo.

      I had gotten to hate Beckett by then and thought he needed a change of scenery and that maybe he might actually produce in LA and make us miss him, I guess he just doesnt care anymore.

      Crawford got hurt as soon as he got to Boston and then the press got on him with that big contract, it was in his head, he needed to move for sure. I think he might to really good in LA, I am not sure he lives up to the contract but who cares as long as both sides are happy.
      I always thought LA wanted Gonzo and they got him they had to take Beckett was the bitter pill.
      Here in Boston we love it and will always thank you!
      Good luck!

  9. paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Building a baseball team is kind of like putting together a saltwater reef tank….nothing good happens quickly, you have to be patient, putting in one or two pieces at a time and letting the system grow and stabilize. If you rush things, you are asking for problems…of course, going slow is no guarantee either…but it is really the only way to have a positive result.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      There is actually a lot of reason for what the Dodgers did last year. They replaced a hole at 3rd base with the trade for Ramirez. They replaced a hole at 1st base Gonzalez, and replaced a hole in left field with Crawford. I’m not sure what the magic elixir was supposed to be, but I will be more than happy to stand by the premise that the current Dodgers team has a much better chance at winning than FMC’s Dodgers teams.

      The new owners are billionaires not afraid to pick up other teams awful contracts, just like they’re not afraid to sign off on their own bad contracts (Ethier). But that doesn’t mean there’s a void in rhyme or reason for what is happening.

      FMC gave up our MVP caliber, Hall of Fame potential 3rd baseman and got jack squat for him, and yet somehow that doesn’t factor into the Dodgers current struggles? FMC gave up our lead-off hitter and starting catcher at the start of the 2004 stretch drive, and somehow we can laugh at current Dodgers ownership for trying to invest in this team right away?

  10. j0esixpack - May 28, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    No chortling from this Boston fan.

    I’m very thankful to the Dodgers for a trade that helped make Boston a contender again rather than wait until all those contracts ran out.

    I hope Beckett heals and the Dodgers get some value for the trade. There’s nothing wrong with a trade that benefits both teams – unfortunately for the Dodgers this isn’t looking like one of them.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Finally, a Boston fan with some sense. If it matters, Joe, the Dodgers and their fans are much happier with Gonzalez at 1st and Crawford in left than we were with Loney at 1st and Rivera in left.

      This trade is not the reason why the Dodgers are in last. If it wasn’t for this trade, the Dodgers would probably still be in last because Matt Kemp would still be coming off of shoulder surgery, Ethier would still be wallowing at the plate, and the bullpen would still spring a number of poor leaks.

      I can’t think of one loss this season that can be solely attributed to the former Boston players.

      • craigbhill - May 28, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Further, without the 3 offensive players LA got in the trade, the Dodgers would be fighting it out with Miami and Houston for worst team, thanks to the gross stupidity of the current manager. The trade went VERY well for LA. Boston, do yourself a favor, quit spinning bleep to convince yourselves you didn’t lose anything of quality in the trade. Reality is always better than childish fantasy.

    • craigbhill - May 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      You people are r e t a h d e d. LOOK at how Crawford, Gonzo and Punto are playing! They lead the team in almost every category!! When you’ve got billions at your disposal and $280 million coming in a year on the 2014 tv contract, Beckett’s winky dinky $15 mill next year is MEANINGLESS. Such money concerns are those of the relatively poor in Boston, not LA. We’ve GOTTEN our value out of that trade and will continue to until we dump them in a few years, thankyouverymuch, and have lost NOTHING except possibly Webster, which is NOT a given. He’s still just a prospect until he hits the majors. If he turns out to be Pedro Martinez II, which no one knows how good he might be, we can revise this trade then. TILL THEN the Dodgers have benefitted from the trade MUCH more than the RSox have.

      • j0esixpack - May 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        I’m glad to hear everyone in LA is happy about the trade.

        Gonzo remains a great hitter – however he’s lost his long ball and is being paid like he’s in his prime – which he’s not. He’s well past his peak on that – but if you don’t care about HRs and want to pay $20 million a year – he’s your guy.

        Crawford is and pretty much always has been a good roster filler – good for 50-80 RBIs

        Is that worth $20 million a season?

        If you’re the Dodgers who Rotoworld just referred to as a “disaster” then perhaps it is .

        Gee, you think the fact that the rest of the roster is so abhorrent might be part of the reason a guy like Carl Crawford is among the team leaders?

  11. aceshigh11 - May 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I despise Beckett’s shitty attitude, but numbness in the fingers is a MAJOR concern.

    I’m not going to say anything other than I hope he gets his health issues sorted out. Say what you want about the guy, but he was a helluva pitcher at one time.

    Issues involving the nervous system are NOT punchlines.

    • geoknows - May 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      It could also be something as simple as carpal tunnel…although I imagine they have already explored that angle. A more worrisome possibility is thoracic outlet syndrome, which seems to be cropping up more often in pitchers of late.

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