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Beckett to have season-ending surgery

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Right-hander Josh Beckett's season is over before it ever really got going.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Saturday that the 33-year-old pitcher will undergo surgery on a nerve in the neck area, referred to a ohoracic outlet syndrome. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas during the week of July 8.

The recovery time is estimated at three to five months, ending Beckett's chances of returning this season. But he is expected to be ready for spring training next year.

Beckett had struggled to a 0-5 record with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts this season. He went on the disabled list in May with a groin injury but also had numbness and tingling in his pitching fingers that didn't improve after he took four weeks off.

Beckett resumed throwing for the first time in a month this week and the problem persisted.

"Josh kind of went backwards a little bit," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I know he had some tingling again (Friday) after throwing. He didn't throw very long."

Beckett, who came to the Dodgers in a trade last summer, is making $15.75 million this year and in 2014.
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