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Josh Beckett Expected to Need Season Ending Surgery If Rehab Fails

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the fattest payroll in baseball but things haven’t been working out so hot for them. Starting pitcher Josh Beckett accounts for $68 million over the next four years for the Dodgers but his 2013 campaign may end up getting wiped out. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Beckett plans on pitching this season but could end up needing surgery on his elbow.

Beckett said that he wants to try and beat his injury without needing surgery but Hernandez noted in his Los Angeles Times column that if Beckett’s rehab fails, the starter is expected to undergo elbow surgery that will end his season before it can even begin.

“You really don’t want this to leak into next year,” Beckett said, via the Los Angeles Times. “What’s best for the organization is me being healthy and helping this team win next year if I can’t do it this year.”

Beckett came over to the Dodgers in a massive trade with the Boston Red Sox last season that shipped Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez out west along with him. Currently the Dodgers sit in dead last in the NL West and are 8.5 games behind division leading Arizona. Hernandez says that Beckett has surgery as “plan F” but if rehab fails him it’s going to become the next step in his recovery.

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