Josh Beckett has booked a Monday appointment with a nerve specialist in Dallas.
By L.A. TIMESFS West
Still uncertain of why he has 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.
"Any time something like that happens to your arm or you start losing feeling and stuff … you think about it for sure," Beckett said. "I don't really want to think like that right now. I want to think about figuring out a way to deal with this."
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.