Josh Beckett got his thumb caught in a door

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Josh Beckett is trying to make a comeback from thoracic outlet syndrome, the surgery for which ended his 2013 season in July, but now the Dodgers right-hander is dealing with a sprained thumb.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times described Beckett as frustratedly shaking his head while saying “this is what I’m dealing with” in regard to the new setback, which could cause him to miss Friday’s scheduled start.

And here’s the kicker: According to Hernandez the sprain occurred when “his thumb was caught in a set of doors leading into the clubhouse about 10 days ago.”

As far as pitcher injuries go that’s not as bad as, say, punching a dugout wall, but still. Beckett is owed $15.75 million in the final season of his contract at age 34.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.