Any hope of Josh Beckett making some sort of comeback this season was put to rest on Saturday, as the Dodgers announced he will undergo season-ending surgery. It'll be to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck, which has caused him to experience a tingling sensation in his fingers that has not gone away.
It's a shame because I really thought Beckett would have a good season, especially after posting a 2.93 ERA in seven starts after being traded from the Red Sox last season. It was obvious from the start to this year's campaign that he was not the same pitcher, as he was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in eight starts. It was ugly.
The Dodgers have missed him this season, especially after watching how horrific Chris Capuano was on Friday. He was expected to slide into the 4-5 spot of the rotation, but now he becomes another example of a pitcher who has failed to deliver. At least he has an excuse.
Beckett is due to make nearly $16 million next season, so he's not going anywhere. Recovery time is about three-five months, which gives him plenty of time to be ready for Spring Training. Who knows how much he has left in the tank, but he'll get a chance to prove he's ready to go if he can properly recover.