With each passing day in September, Josh Beckett’s season inches closer to finishing the same way it began — with him injured and on the disabled list.
Beckett bounced back from surgery last season to treat thoracic outlet syndrome and was named the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fifth starter in Spring Training. However, the right-hander suffered a right thumb contusion and then tweaked his calf during a rehab assignment.
Eventually, Beckett made his 2014 debut April 9 at Dodger Stadium against the Detroit Tigers. The veteran right-hander went just four innings and was noticeably rusty, which was expected given the amount of time between regular-season starts.
Beckett has since been hindered by two cysts and a hip impingement. During his attempt to pitch through the injury, the 34 year old suffered an abdominal injury. As a result, manager Don Mattingly all but officially ruled out Beckett returning this season.
A decision has yet to be made and Beckett isn’t in a rush to decide his fate, though he is prepared if the future doesn’t involve baseball, via the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett:
I’m not announcing anything right now,” Beckett said. “Those are decisions that will be made … it may be the day after the season. It may be January. I certainly have plans if I decide not to play next year. I’ll just leave it at that.”
Beckett added he plans on speaking with his wife before making a decision that will likely come after season’s end:
I think I’m going to wait and talk with my wife a little bit more,” he said. “For me, that’s a decision you make in the off-season.”
Well in advance of being bothered by the injuries, Beckett got in a groove and went 3-1 during a stretch of five starts in May. The last win in the string of outings was a no-hitter — Beckett’s first of his career — against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Adding the notion a retirement may come is Beckett is in the final year of his contract. Assuming he doesn’t take the mound again in 2014, the 28 starts Beckett made in the last two years equals his total from 2012.
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