The Dodgers had too many starting pitchers coming out of spring training and after the trade of Aaron Harang and multiple injuries, the team is now searching for starting pitching.
This afternoon, the team announced that starter Josh Beckett would be out for the season as he’s set to undergo surgery to relieve pressure in his neck.
Beckett was shut down for four weeks and resumed throwing yesterday, but experienced tingling in his arm and stop his program.
Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA was the first to report the news this afternoon:
Dodgers announce RHP Josh Beckett is out for season with thoracic outlet syndrome. Will have surgery to relieve pressure on nerve in neck
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 30, 2013
Beckett will have the surgery performed on July 8 and will need 3-5 months of recovery time. Coming into the season, Beckett was going to slot in behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Chad Billingsley, but never looked to find his comfort zone this season.
In eight starts this season, Beckett went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA as the Dodgers are looking to add another starting pitcher after they were roughed up for 16 runs last night.
While he should be ready for the start of the season next year, Beckett carries a hefty salary of $15.75 million, which makes it unlikely the Dodgers will release him.
Regardless, there were high expectations for Beckett in his first full season with the Dodgers, but 2013 will be remembered as a lost season for the 35-year-old starter.