Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:55:52 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (thumb) is dealing with a sprained right thumb that might cause him to miss his next spring start Friday, March 14. He suffered the injury closing a clubhouse door roughly 10 days ago. Beckett struggled during a bullpen Wednesday, March 12, and was limited to fastballs. He's not expected to make a regular season start until mid-April due to multiple off days.
Fantasy Tip: This injury shouldn't affect Beckett's availability in April at all.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 06:00:16 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (shoulder) has impressed the team with his stuff this spring. He has a downward angle in his delivery and a greatly improved breaking ball.
Fantasy Tip: Beckett is one of those late-round flier picks, but this news is encouraging and could make him a real steal on draft day. Don't expect to get the Beckett of old, but the soon-to-be 34-year-old could be in for a high-strikeout season with his improved stuff.
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:35:57 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (shoulder) tossed two innings on the minor league side of camp Tuesday, Feb. 25, and he continues to feel no numbness in his fingers following thoracic outlet surgery last year. Beckett expects to pitch in a game in five days.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:20:01 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (shoulder) is expected to battle SP Paul Maholm for the No. 5 starting spot this spring. "Josh is doing really well, but he's coming off tough surgery and there's not a lot of history with that surgery, so we'll see where things go," manager Don Mattingly said. Beckett said his thoracic outlet syndrome surgery was much more severe than former St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter's.
Fantasy Tip: Mattingly suggests that Beckett's starting spot is his to lose. Beckett could be a bounce-back candidate if he is indeed fully healthy, but there will continue to be doubts.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:06:33 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday, Feb. 10, and didn't have any setbacks. His thoracic outlet syndrome surgery has solved the issue he's had with numbness in his fingers "for year." Manager Don Mattingly made it sound as though Beckett's spot as the fifth starter is his to lose. "I'm not tentative," Beckett said. "I'm going to throw as hard as I can and see what happens. Right now, I feel great. I'll throw the ball until I blow out and I'm hoping that's not for a few more years."
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:33:39 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (shoulder) said he'll "no doubt" be ready for the start of the season after having thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:50:14 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zach Lee is ready to make a run at a rotation spot this year, despite the fact that the Dodgers are expected to have a full rotation if SPs Josh Beckett (shoulder) and Chad Billingsley (elbow) return in good health. "I'm trying to win a job, striving to get here as soon as I can. If I pitch well and control what I can control, the opportunity will present itself not far down the road. There are contractual issues, but if you outperform people, there will be a spot for you," Lee said. Scouts are projecting Lee to be a middle-of-the-rotation prospect, and he's currently ranked 63rd on MLB.com's Top-100 list for prospects.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:03:34 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (shoulder, neck) is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery last July.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:16:50 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Michael Young will come off the bench for the team to spell 3B Juan Uribe when needed. Young can also play some first base. "I think he's a professional player that's got a chance to help us," said general manager Ned Colletti. "We've got a long way to go and, when you can add people this time of year who bring what he brings, you act. We've gone for it, we'll continue to go for it." Los Angeles will pay Young around $1 million of his $16 million salary. The team placed SP Josh Beckett (shoulder, neck) on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Young on the roster.
Fantasy Tip: Young loses basically all of his value in mixed formats.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:35:41 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (shoulder, neck) underwent surgery on Wednesday, July 10, to have a rib removed to relieve nerve pressure. He's expected to be on track for spring training in 2014.
Fantasy Tip: Beckett won't be more than a flier in fantasy drafts next year, barring extremely encouraging reports about his health. Don't write him off, of course, but it may take some time for him to pitch effectively again, if he's still able.