Carpenter made it back to pitch six games in 2012, but was beset by shoulder problems again when it came time to report for spring training.At age 38, the pain won out over Carpenter’s will to pitch. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking it could be over as well,” Beckett said.Historically it was associated with worker’s compensation cases. It’s not common but maybe under appreciated.” Beckett didn’t talk to any orchard pickers.
It really pushed me to work throughout the offseason and through spring training.” Though he might have needed a boost, Beckett’s determination didn’t surprise Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. He couldn’t have had the career he had before here without being ultra-competitive,” Colletti said.
“Whenever someone’s been competitive and has a good record and has been successful, it’s tough to ever count them out.” The GM didn’t dismiss Beckett making a successful return in the spring, but he still signed Paul Maholm as insurance.
“Lon Rosen (the Dodgers’ vice president of marketing) called me and asked me if I wanted to come to the home playoff games. “That was really kind of the turning point for me, knowing that I really wanted to be back on the mound.
Not that I didn’t before that, but it was just a lot of uncertainty still in my head.
“Looking at that surgery and talking to Chris Carpenter, he wasn’t real optimistic on his chances of coming back.
Even though his was a little bit different than mine, it’s not something they have a track record with where they say, ‘Oh yeah, you’ll come back at this date and you’ll be just like you were before.’” Fuller said he tells his patients to expect one year’s worth of rehab after the surgery.
There’s a disconnect between the feeling of the patient and MRIs.” Beckett’s symptoms might have seemed confusing on the surface.
He first noticed tingling in his fingers on April 14 last year pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It caught some by surprise when tingling in the fingers led to the diagnosis of a compressed nerve and season-ending surgery to remove a rib. “He basically said, ‘You have thoracic outlet syndrome.’ That was pretty much it.
Chris Carpenter, Shaun Marcum, Kenny Rogers, Aaron Cook, Kip Wells, Jeremy Bonderman, John Rheinecker, Matt Harrison and Noah Lowry have undergone the same procedure with varying degrees of success.