Here comes the injuries again. The club just can’t keep any of their players healthy. Now it’s the pitching staff this time. Starter Josh Beckett is being placed on the disabled list with a hip impingement. We knew he was battling a sore hip for the last two starts now, but it didn’t seem to be serious enough for a DL stint, or so we were told by the club. This hip impingement is an infringement on the rotation. No pun intended.
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This time the club relented and placed Josh on the DL. Beckett only lasted five frames in his last start on Sunday afternoon at Colorado, but was still able to pick up the win. Beckett has had a fantastic season this year. The veteran is 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 17 starts. He’s also thrown a no-hitter against Philadelphia back on May 25th.
The club announced that they have called up right hander Pedro Baez from triple-a Albuquerque. Baez was called up briefly earlier in the year from Chattanooga on May 5th, when the Dodgers were playing a series at Washington. He pitched one inning of relief, and was then sent back down.
Baez is the converted infielder, who was promoted to Albuquerque on May 25th, has posted a 4.50 ERA in 17 appearances for the Isotopes. He was 2-1 with six saves, and a 2.79 ERA in 17 games for Chattanooga before he was promoted.
Needless to say these injuries are extremely irritating, and I wonder how long before fingers start pointing towards the medical staff. Beckett’s DL stint is retroactive to July 7th, and I would assume that the Dodgers will skip his spot in the rotation by utilizing the off-days until after the all-star break. Beckett can be eligible to come off of the DL on July 22nd. The Dodgers won’t see Beckett’s rotation spot come up until July 22nd.