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Beckett optimistic about upcoming surgery

Sunday - 6/30/2013, 11:20pm  ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Josh Beckett realizes he has a long road ahead to get back to the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A day after the club announced that the three-time All-Star right-hander will have season-ending surgery to treat the thoracic outlet syndrome in his neck, the three-time All-Star talked about what lies ahead once the surgery is performed in about 1 1-2 weeks in Dallas.

He says: "This surgery has a good track record, and I think it's going to put me in a better position than I was."

Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

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