Report: Dodgers lose Beckett for season due to nerve issue

Report: Dodgers lose Beckett for season due to nerve issue
June 30, 2013, 11:15 am
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Josh Beckett made eight starts in 2013, posting an 0-5 record with a 5.19 ERA in 43.1 innings. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost a major part of their rotation on Saturday.

Josh Beckett will undergo season-ending surgery to relieve pressure on a nerve in his pitching arm, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Beckett threw from flat ground on Friday and felt tingling in his hand. It was the first time he had thrown in four weeks.

In May, Beckett admitted to Times' reporter Dylan Hernandez that the possibility of never being able to pitch again has crossed his mind.

"Any time something like that happens to your arm or you start losing feeling and stuff...you think about it for sure," Beckett said.

Beckett made eight starts this season, posting an 0-5 record with a 5.19 ERA. He made one start this season against the Giants, picking up the loss on April 3. He pitched six innings, giving up five runs (three earned) and struck out four.

The news regarding Beckett could force the Dodgers to step up their pursuit of a starting pitcher as the trade deadline approaches. The Dodgers have been linked to Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.

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