And now for the other side of the comeback trail, like the really dark one where they wear all black and James Earl Jones does the scary voice.
Beckett lasted three innings, giving up three monster home runs and was just generally hit all over the field. He surrendered five runs on six hits and a walk, and did not strike out a batter. Even most of his outs were hit hard.
In his first outing, he did not allow a run, giving up one hit and striking out three in two innings.
These comebacks are not always of the smooth variety. Beckett at least reported nothing was wrong physically afterward, but clearly there is plenty of work to be done before the Dodgers can put him in the rotation.
His current competition for the fifth spot in the rotation is
Beckett had surgery last summer to remove a rib that was causing pressure on a nerve and creating numbness in his pitching hand. It's a fairly rare procedure and there is not a lot of history of pitchers coming back from it.
Regardless, he hasn't pitched in nine months, so it's not always going to go as smoothly as in his first outing. Although Saturday's results may have felt a tad too far on the other side of the scale.
Beckett told reporters in Phoenix that, unlike in his first outing when he was working largely on his changeup, this time the plan was to work on his fastball.
“I didn’t know that those guys were in my and Fed’s (catcher
Beckettt clearly needs to build arm strength.
“Well, everybody says that, when they’re in