Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times provides an update on Josh Beckett's hip injury:
Josh Beckett had an MRI on hip, likely to go on DL, possible he's out for season. Roberto Hernandez takes his spot tomorrow. #Dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 7, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
MLB Roster Moves provides an update on Josh Beckett's status:
The @Dodgers reinstate RHP Josh Beckett from 15-day DL; option RHP Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A Albuquerque.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) July 22, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 21
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com spoke to Don Mattingly about Josh Beckett's return to the Dodgers:
Beckett starts Tuesday, Mattingly confirmed.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 21, 2014
Updates from Saturday, July 19
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register provides an update on Josh Beckett's status:
#Dodgers Josh Beckett said he "felt better than I expected " throwing off mound for 1st time since contrast MRI and cortisone injection— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 19, 2014
#Dodgers Josh Beckett said MRI of hip showed labrum tear, two cysts. Officially "impingement syndrome"— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 19, 2014
#Dodgers Mattingly on Beckett pencilled in for Tues start in Pittsburgh: "He seems to be on track. ... We feel like he's going to make it."— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 19, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is in the midst of a great season, but it appears that a hip injury will slow him down temporarily.
The Dodgers announced Tuesday that they added their starter to the disabled list:
After pitching five shutout innings against the Colorado Rockies on July 6, the 34-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.26 for the season and improved his record to 6-5 overall. Unfortunately, he left the game after just 82 pitches because he hurt himself on the bases, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
Beckett felt something in his hip when he ran the bases.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 7, 2014
Beckett discussed the issue after the game, saying, "I tweaked the hip. It's been bothering me. We'll see where we're at tomorrow. It's been a little more of a battle the last couple of weeks. The day I pitch is the best I feel all week," via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times does not think Beckett's hip injury is too serious:
Josh Beckett, put on DL today, likely to miss only one start because of All-Star break. #Dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 8, 2014
#Dodgers say Beckett had MRI on left hip and got cortisone shot. Put on DL today with "impingement" - had been pitching with sore hip.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 8, 2014
Beckett is coming off a few injury-filled seasons with the Dodgers, so any issue should be taken seriously. As Shaikin points out, Beckett is no stranger to the DL:
This is Josh Beckett's 14th season in the majors and 16th stint on the DL.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 8, 2014
However, the Dodgers will hope that this is just a mild setback before the second half of the 2014 MLB season. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register notes that this will take away from the strength of the team:
Best rotation in baseball just took a hit. #Dodgers place Josh Beckett on DL with left hip impingement. RHP Pedro Baez called up— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 8, 2014
Fortunately, the unit's overall depth should help mitigate the loss.
Pedro Baez, who the team recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace Beckett, allowed two runs in his only career inning with Los Angeles earlier this season. He has compiled a 3.54 ERA in 34 games in Double-A and Triple-A this year.
Beckett will be available to return on July 22, provided that his DL stint lasts only 15 days.
If the Dodgers are going to keep ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West and make a run this year, they'll need Beckett healthy for the long haul.
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