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Josh Beckett has sprained thumb

With one injury already lingering in their starting rotation, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have to keep tabs on another big name pitcher’s health as Opening Day approaches.

Josh Beckett is dealing with a sprained thumb and is at risk to miss his scheduled start on Friday. Per

Beckett, who has not had a setback this spring from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, said he suffered the injury to the outside of his thumb when it was caught in a closing clubhouse door about 10 days ago. Beckett has had previous problems with the inside ligament of the thumb.”

Beckett’s tenure with the Dodgers has had its ups and d0wns and he is certainly not the dominant pitcher he used to be. Still, he has the chance to be a valuable piece in the back of any rotation and the Dodgers will want to be sure to have him ready for the regular season. In 2013 Beckett, age 33, went 0-5 in only eight starts. There will be two key aspects to a bounce-back season for Beckett: good health and proof that he can still be effective.

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