Beckett needs surgery, done for season

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that righthander Josh Beckett will undergo season-ending surgery next month.

Beckett will have a rib removed to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve that caused him to lose the feeling in his right hand. The surgery is similar to one Jarrod Saltalamacchia had in 2009.

Beckett, the 33-year-old former Red Sox pitcher, was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts for the Dodgers this season at a cost of $15.75 million. He is under contract for the same amount in 2013.


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