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Josh Beckett will have season-ending thoracic surgery

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Dodgers have lost Josh Beckett for the rest of 2013. (USATSI)
The Dodgers have lost Josh Beckett for the rest of 2013. (USATSI)

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Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett will have surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome on July 8. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas and will sideline him for three to five months, effectively ending his season. He is expected to be ready in time for spring training.

Beckett, 33, was originally placed on the DL due to a groin strain back in May, but he was also experiencing numbness in his pitching fingers. Tests showed nerve irritation near his neck and earlier this month it was reported he wouldn't throw for four weeks. He continued to feel tingling in his fingers and surgery was recommended.

In eight starts before being placed on the DL, Beckett went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA in seven starts for Los Angeles last summer after being acquired from the Red Sox in August's blockbuster trade. Beckett will earn $15.75 million both this year and next.

Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter had surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome last July and is still slowly working his way back to the mound.

The Dodgers are also without right-hander Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery) and are said to be looking for pitching help in advance of the trade deadline.

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