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Josh Beckett will undergo surgery, miss rest of 2013 season

Jun 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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Dodgers starter Josh Beckett, sidelined since mid-May with a nerve issue in his right arm, felt tingling during a light throwing session yesterday, reports Bill Plunkett. Manager Don Mattingly called it “a little bit of a setback” for the 33-year-old. Dylan Hernandez later tweeted that Beckett will undergo season-ending surgery. More from Hernandez:

Beckett wasn’t having much success, carrying an 0-5 record and a 5.19 ERA through his first eight starts before landing on the disabled list. The Dodgers acquired him in last summer’s mega-trade with the Red Sox, when they also acquired Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, taking on nearly $250 million in salary. Both Crawford and Beckett have missed a significant amount of time due to injuries in their short time in Los Angeles.

  1. jetsfan79 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    That was a great trade, now if we can just get those idiots to take A-Rods contract

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Haven’t really seen a hybrid Yankee-Jet-Red Sox fan in my life, but then I’m the idiot.

  2. thebigtim2012 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    As a Red Sox fan let me just say ha ha

    • ezthinking - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      How’s that $64+ mil the Sox gave Beckett and Crawford for 2011-12 feeling? Oh, and your still kicking in now as well.


      And people bitch about ARod, Hamilton, Pujols, Zito, etc…..

  3. mugsymagpie - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    That Boston trade looks better and better every day

    • Jeff M. - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      Josh Beckett was considered “the cost of doing business,” because the real targets were Gonzalez and Crawford. Beckett was a throw-in. Besides, the Dodgers have more money than they’ll ever be able to spend, so they aren’t exactly playing by the same rules as the other teams in the league.

      I get that it’s nice to gloat (fun, too!), but if the Dodgers don’t care about spending their money frivolously, why do you?

  4. badintent - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving jackass.Karma

  5. 13arod - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    jetsfan79 arod is still good if he stays healthy

    • mazblast - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      When he’s good, he’s healthy. When he stinks, he’s “Injured”.

  6. 13arod - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Jeff M. Yanks still have more money then the dodgers

    • Jeff M. - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      That’s good to know, thank you.

  7. bchapman2011 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    From a locker room and on the field standpoint, this is the best thing that could have happened to the Dodgers. Just consider his 14.5 million salary for next season a loss and move on. Hopefully LA learned their lesson. If not, we are screwed because the front office has already said that they will look to add another 200-300 million in contracts this off season. If they screw this up they will cripple the franchise for years.

    • ezthinking - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Have you seen the list of potential free agents? Other than Cano, the cupboard is pretty bare. They need a 3B or SS – nothing of note, and the starting pitching options all are questionable.

      Check it out.

      • bchapman2011 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Which makes things even scarier because now somebody (probably the Dodgers) is going to overpay big time for Cano. I don’t get it because Dodger ownership never did this when they were with Atlanta. They never overpaid and let people walk if the $ got crazy. I can already see a 8-10 contract with Cano and LA. They will have to wheel him up to the plate by the time his contract is up.

      • ezthinking - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:12 AM

        ” I don’t get it because Dodger ownership never did this when they were with Atlanta.” What planet are you from?

        Ted Turner owned the team from the ’70. Time-Warner, took ownership in the mid ’90’s when they bought TBS. Then in the mid-2000’s Liberty Media bought the team.

  8. j0esixpack - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    As a Sox fan I agree with Jeff M

    I don’t think the Dodgers were truly expecting Beckett to return to form – but it was worth a gamble that a change of scenery and good health might actually provide a dividend

    But to get Crawford and AGonz they had to take Beckett too. The Dodgers were so bad that even a non HR hitting Gonzales and an injured Crawford are among the highest producing players – do judge the trade by that – not whether the Dodgers are overpaying

    As a Sox fan I appreciate the Dodgers taking those salaries off the Sox’ plate and I hope they get some value.

    • Jeff M. - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM


      An “overpay” is relative. What might be an overpay to one team could just be a drop in the bucket for another. Also, yes … Loney was so terrible last year that even a half-strength Gonzo would have been a huge step up. The fact that he’s been producing is just an added bonus.

      • j0esixpack - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Unless we’re talking a sport where there is a salary cap, “overpaying” means nothing.

        Sure, you can make the case that several teams are trying to “buy” a championship and that makes the sport unfair – the Yankees are the worst – Red Sox usually not far behind, and the Dodgers and other teams have owners who don’t mind throwing money down the drain

        But enough teams have won with lower payrolls where you can make the case that the playing field is even-enough to ensure the integrity of the sport

        So as a fan, I don’t give a crap how much money the owners are wasting – I DO care if it’s impacting a salary cap and impacts the product on the field

        But the product on the field and W/L is all that counts – sadly in baseball high priced players can clog a roster because the team won’t demote a guy earning $300 million for a guy earning $300,000 – in THOSE cases, fans should complain

        But here? As a fan, why should we care if the Dodgers are throwing money away?

  9. b0ngg - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    plenty of time to play golf now.

  10. jimeejohnson - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Nerve issues are very difficult to diagnose and deal with. Not making excuses for him (duck the Fodgers) but he had to be injured to pitch that badly. (just kidding about duck the Fodgers; any team located west of Interstate 5 is alright with me)

  11. cmmk74 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    It couldn’t happened to a better player (I just). He is such egotistical idiaot (sp?) I am glad he is a failure on the west coast.

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