Dodgers’ Josh Beckett to visit nerve specialist Monday

Josh Beckett
Josh Beckett became the sixth Dodgers starting pitcher to land on the disabled list this season.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Still uncertain of why he’s lost feeling in his pitching hand, Josh Beckett has booked a Monday appointment with a nerve specialist in Dallas.

Beckett, who is 0-5 with a 5.91 earned-run average, has been on the disabled list since May 15 with a strained groin. While his groin has recovered, Beckett said he hasn’t regained full feeling in his pitching hand.

Beckett said he has experienced various degrees of numbness the last four to five weeks. The numbness has been in his pinkie and ring fingers as well as his palm.

“The frustrating thing is that I don’t have pain,” Beckett said. “I’m dealing with ineffectiveness and numbness where I can’t actually feel the baseball.”


Beckett pitched a total of only 13 innings over his last three starts, posting a 6.23 earned-run average in that span.

Beckett will be examined Monday by Dr. Greg Pearl.

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