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With a devastating curveball and a four-seam fastball that can still touch 95 mph, Beckett has successfully reinvented himself. In doing so, he’s given more hope to the next thoracic outlet surgery recipient than perhaps any pitcher before him.It’s easy to forget the Dodgers didn’t anoint Beckett as their fifth starter in spring training. His recovery from the rare surgery in July 2013 was almost without precedent — at least that was the simple reason dispatched by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Yet Beckett was healthy enough to maintain a virtually normal routine throughout camp. Other than the time a teammate opened the “exit” door while entering the clubhouse and jammed Beckett’s thumb, he was pain-free. Three months into the regular season — 10 months and 15 days after his surgery — Beckett became the first Dodgers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Hideo Nomo in September 1996. The medical explanation, according to Fuller, justifies the initial skepticism.“There’s two components,” Fuller said. “Number one, the diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome is difficult to make accurately. 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 was the best of his eight starts all season.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.At least the physician the Dodgers recommended wasn’t confused.“It was like a 5-minute exam with Dr. (Greg) Pearl,” Beckett said. “He basically said, ‘You have thoracic outlet syndrome.’ That was pretty much it. There was no him leaving the office, talking to anybody else. He did an exam on me, looked at my MRI, looked at all my X-rays. Seriously, it was like 5 minutes. It didn’t take long at all.”It was the correct diagnosis. The next hurdle for Beckett to clear was the operation itself.“Removing the first rib — it’s shorter, fish-hook shaped, wide, flat and dishlike,” Fuller said. “It connects to cervical vertebrae. To get that out, it’s still a pretty rugged operation.”Beckett wanted his odds for a successful recovery. At 33, he was acutely aware the time on his baseball clock was winding down. Dr. Pearl never gave him odds, Beckett said, “and I kept asking for that.”Maybe the odds just weren’t that good. Among major-league pitchers, the track record for successful recoveries from thoracic outlet surgery is short. 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.On July 19, 2012 — almost a year before Beckett’s operation — Carpenter had the same procedure performed by the same doctor. Same symptoms, too, Beckett said. The two pitchers communicated by phone throughout Beckett’s rehab.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. By October 2013, he was officially retired.“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking it could be over as well,” Beckett said. “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.“The rehab is just as important as diagnosis and therapy,” he said. “Progress is glacial.”Of course, most of Fuller’s patients are not athletes. Few thoracic outlet surgery patients are. The procedure has been around for almost 50 years, Fuller said. Historically it was associated with worker’s compensation cases.“A lot of people that spend their days with a lot of repetitions, over-the-head movements,” he said. “Orchard pickers. … It’s not common but maybe under appreciated.”Beckett didn’t talk to any orchard pickers. When he wasn’t logging the long, redundant hours of rehab in Dallas, Beckett spent time with his family in Texas. Mostly Beckett stretched, worked to increase his range of motion and, eventually, started throwing. In October, after nearly five months away from teammates, he visited Dodger Stadium.“Lon Rosen (the Dodgers’ vice president of marketing) called me and asked me if I wanted to come to the home playoff games. Of course I said yes,” Beckett said. “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. 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’s always been competitive. 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. Now Maholm is pitching out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.Meanwhile, Beckett’s jersey and other artifacts from his no-hitter were on display during the Dodgers’ most recent homestand. The 2003 World Series Most Valuable Player might not be linked with baseball history again, but it suddenly seems soon to count him out.“It’s something that nobody will ever take away,” Beckett said. “I’ll obviously have it forever.”EDITOR’S NOTE: Beckett first noticed the tingling in his fingers in a game April 14 last year. The date was incorrect in an earlier version of this article. When Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter May 25, Dr. Clark Fuller was ecstatic. To Fuller, a Dodgers fan and the director of thoracic surgery at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, it was one small milestone in baseball history and a giant one for sports medicine.“It’s a credit to him as a patient as well as a pitcher,” Fuller said of Beckett.It wasn’t just one game, either. For the season, Beckett is 3-3 with a 2.57 earned-run average, which would be the lowest of his career if he can keep it up over a full season. After throwing the no-hitter, he wound up on the wrong end of 2-1 losses to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error