Josh Beckett opts for surgery
After consulting with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Greg Pearl, the Dodgers decided Beckett would undergo a surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve in his neck area, commonly known as thoracic outlet syndrome. Pearl will perform the surgery in Dallas the week of July 8.
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Beckett's is expected to be sidelined three-to-five months, which would put him back on the field in time for spring training.
Before the announcement was made Saturday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Beckett had suffered a setback while throwing Friday. This week was Beckett's first time throwing in a month.
"Josh kind of went backwards a little bit," Mattingly said. "I know he had some tingling again yesterday after throwing. He didn't throw very long. I know there was a little bit of a setback there."
The 33-year-old Beckett is making $15.75 million this season and is due to make the same amount next year. In eight starts this season, Beckett is 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA.
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