Josh Beckett to meet with specialist

Updated: May 30, 2013, 10:28 PM ET
By Mark Saxon |

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is traveling to Dallas on Monday to consult with the nerve specialist who performed shoulder surgery on St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter last season.

Beckett, 33, has been dealing with numbness in the fingertips of his right hand for weeks and has been on the disabled list since May 14. Beckett is 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts for the Dodgers this year. Several of those starts came after he began experiencing the numbness.

"The frustrating thing that I'm having right now is I don't have pain," Beckett said. "I'm dealing with ineffectiveness and numbness, and I can't actually feel the baseball."

Beckett, who is in the third year of a four-year, $68 million contract, said he continued to pitch with the condition because of the Dodgers' early-season injuries to pitchers.

Zack Greinke and Chad Billingsley were lost within the first few weeks for the Dodgers, who have used nine starters already.

"At the time, we were losing starters left and right. I felt like I needed to go pitch, because I didn't have any pain," Beckett said. "I still don't have any pain. I just can't throw the ball."

Carpenter's surgery with Dr. Gregory Pearl was supposed to be season-ending, but he surprised many people by returning to make two regular-season starts and two playoff starts for the Cardinals. He hasn't pitched this year, but has begun a throwing program and hopes to return in June.

Beckett came to the Dodgers in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox last August. He went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA over the final five weeks.

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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