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Josh Beckett resumes throwing in attempt to avoid surgery

Jun 28, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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In an attempt to avoid surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome Josh Beckett has started throwing again six weeks after being placed on the disabled list.

Beckett was shut down after experiencing numbness in his pitching hand and hasn’t been right since spring training, going 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts before the DL stint.

Beckett was very good down the stretch for the Dodgers last season after they acquired him from the Red Sox, throwing 43 innings with a 2.93 ERA and 38/14 K/BB ratio, but now his future is very much in question and he’s still owed $15.75 million for 2014.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    “Thoracic outlet syndrome” sounds too abtruse. Let’s call it like it is: Beckett has an ouchie.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Abtruse sounds kind of obtuse, if you ask me.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Doctor: “It’s not looking good Josh. Our last option before surgery is drastic. We need your mommy to kiss the boo boo twice a day for the next three days.

      Josh: “God damn. That’s the only option left?”

      Doctor: “Don’t give me that look Josh, it’s this or we’re looking at opening that arm up and you may never be the same”

  2. fanofevilempire - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    that was a wonderful trade, how could it have gone so bad.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    If you guys knew what was actually involved in thoracic outlet surgery you wouldn’t joke about it. It’s like something from a Civil War battleground – they completely remove the first rib.

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