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.
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.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. “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 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.
With a devastating curveball and a four-seam fastball that can still touch 95 mph, Beckett has successfully reinvented himself.