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If Beckett is unable to pitch, or if Haren gets hurt again, the Dodgers have several viable alternatives to eat innings.
Matt Magill: He made six big league starts in 2013, and while he wasn’t particularly good (6.51 ERA), it’s hard to imagine that being the end of his big-league career given that he’s only 24 years old.
Stephen Fife: Fife is likely to be the first call-up if something happens to a member of the rotation, as he was last season’s most effective spot starter. His career 3.49 ERA in 15 starts inspires confidence despite his late start, as he’s already 27.
Zach Lee: One of the team’s top prospects, Lee spent half of 2012 and all of 2013 in Double-A, suggesting that he’s nearly ready for the majors. While he won’t be counted on to be a major contributor, his solid performance in the high minors indicates that he will see Dodger Stadium at some point in 2014.
Chad Billingsley: The veteran would be the ideal candidate to take over for Beckett since he’s the only pitcher on this list with a legitimate major league track record. However, he had Tommy John surgery last April and isn’t expected back until the middle the season.
Masahiro Tanaka: While the final name in play for the Dodgers’ rotation, no one is sure where he will land. He was officially posted by his Japanese league late in December, so any resolution must come by the end of January. According to Baseball America’s Ben Badler, the Mariners are the most likely destination for the Japanese righty, but the Dodgers are still in the mix.