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Josh Beckett feels “great” after thoracic outlet surgery

Feb 10, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

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Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett had his season cut short last July due to thoracic outlet surgery, but he’s ready to reclaim his spot in the starting rotation this spring.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Beckett threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session today without any visible discomfort. Interestingly, he said that he felt numbness and tingling in his fingers “for years” and often “had no idea where [the baseball] was going to go.” He’s hoping for better results after surgery.

But now, “I’m not tentative,” Beckett said. “I’m going to throw as hard as I can and see what happens. Right now, I feel great. I’ll throw the ball until I blow out and I’m hoping that’s not for a few more years.”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn’t making any promises, but Beckett is the likely favorite for the fifth spot in the starting rotation if healthy and effective. The Dodgers added left-hander Paul Maholm on a one-year deal over the weekend as an insurance policy.

Beckett, who turns 34 in May, is owed $15.75 million this season in the final year of a four-year, $68 million contract originally signed with the Red Sox.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Is he a candidate for BSOHL?

    • Professor Fate - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      ‘ Interestingly, he said that he felt numbness and tingling in his fingers “for years…”’

      So I’ll go with “yes.”

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        I have to agree with your logic Professor.

  2. RonKarate - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Beckett and Bills on the bump.

    http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/02/10/follow-the-dodgers-on-instagram/

  3. tfbuckfutter - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Hm.

    You’d think that whole “not knowing where the ball is going to go” might lead someone who throws a ball really hard in the direction of other people to maybe say something to someone at some point.

  4. slaugin - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Texas tough guy

  5. pastabelly - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    He’s been the lead pitcher on two WS Championship teams and could have been so much more. Some of the blame may relate to injuries and some may relate to being out of shape and being so arrogant about his talent that led his work and training habits to suffer.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Good for him for bucking the sports stereotype narratives: totally not-gritty white dude who is talented (and dare I say ‘athletic’) enough to get by, but lacking in discipline to really fulfill his promise.

  6. yordo - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    When healthy, Beckett is the #2 SP on that team. Time to show him the respect he deserves. Maholm’s services will not be needed.

    • rrsm53 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      time for beckett to earn the respect that you said he deserves. He deserves nothing, he was a tool in Boston other than a couple of years, he got fat and lazy and thought he was all that and he was not even close to being an ACE. He was a malcontent at best last couple of years. Glad he was shipped out of town to Bollywood along with the waste of space Crawford another tool.

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