LOS ANGELES As an injured observer watching from the sidelines, Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett knows exactly what he's seeing when he watches Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
Maybe the best pitcher the game has ever seen.
"I know he hasn't been doing it for that long, but he could possibly be the best pitcher ever," Beckett said Sunday. "He's that good."
Beckett made his remarks after returning for a checkup following surgery in July in which a rib in his right side was removed to relieve pressure on his nerves. The condition had caused numbness and tingling in his fingers.
Beckett, who lives in Dallas, said he has been watching the Dodgers play on TV, which only confirmed what he knew about Kershaw, who leads the majors with a 1.72 ERA.
"I tell everybody I know, 'As good as you think he is, he's better than that.' And that's hard to do because everybody thinks he's good. But when you get to watch him on a daily basis, it's kind of ridiculous.
"Coming over here la...