All-Star right-hander Josh Beckett, a cornerstone of the Dodgers' blockbuster trade with Boston a year ago, has declared himself ahead of schedule after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and expects to be ready for the start of spring training.
Beckett made his remarks on Sunday - the anniversary of the trade - before watching his current and former clubs conclude their three-game interleague series.
The three-time All-Star, who flew in from Dallas on Friday to visit his teammates - past and present - expects to go back to Texas on Wednesday to begin a throwing program that will include three or four sessions off a mound. In another couple of weeks, he will return to Los Angeles to get re-examined by Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
''There's still some hurdles to get over, but I feel really good for where I'm at,'' Beckett said. ''We were looking at eight weeks before I started throwing again, and I beat that by about two weeks. So we're ahead of schedule right now. I ...