Josh Beckett had surgery in Dallas on Wednesday to treat his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the Dodgers announced before their game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The procedure, which was performed by nerve specialist Dr. Greg Pearl, involved the removal of Beckett's right first rib to relieve pressure on his nerves.
Beckett will begin a rehabilitation program in five days and is expected to be ready to pitch in spring training 2014.
Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts for the Dodgers in 2013, and last pitched on May 13. He was first placed on the disabled list with a groin injury and what Beckett termed "other stuff," which caused tingling in his arm and hand. Once the groin injury healed, the tingling remained and Beckett was shut down for four weeks in June.
He began a throwing program on June 26 but after feeling the tingling in his right hand return two days later Beckett was shut down again. After consulting with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Pearl it was decided that Beckett would have the season-ending surgery.
Beckett, 33, has one more year remaining on his contract, and will make $15.75 million in 2014.
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