As the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to succeed down the stretch, Josh Beckett can only watch. He has been on the disabled list most of the season, and he was ineffective when he was on the active roster. However, Beckett is making progress in his recovery.
Austin Laymance of MLB.com says Beckett is scheduled to begin throwing program on Wednesday in Dallas. It will be the first throwing Beckett has done since undergoing surgery. The veteran right hander had a rib removed to help alleviate pressure on a nerve that was causing numbness in his hand. Prior to the discovery of this issue, Beckett thought his career could be over.
"I'm pretty excited about where I'm at," Beckett said. "I don't think anyone expected me to be where I'm at right now. Everything is going good. I think we'll know more when I start throwing bullpens."
Beckett only made eight starts for the Dodgers this season. He was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA. Beckett went on the DL and word soon trickled out that he was experiencing numbness in his pitching arm. Fortunately doctors were able to find the source of the issue and correct it surgically, but the surgery did cost Beckett his season.
The Dodgers have Beckett through next season. He becomes a free agent after that, so next season will be an incredibly important one for the 33-year old. Becket has at times been one of the most dominant and most frustrating pitchers in the league. He is a three-time All-Star and has twice been in the running for a Cy Young. However, he has also had his seasons of disaster. Overall, Beckett is 132-100 with a 3.94 ERA in 13 seasons.
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