According to Bill Shaikin, the Dodgers are preparing to place Josh Beckett on the DL tomorrow. Beckett has been battling a hip injury and is awaiting results of an MRI. According to reports it is possible that Beckett will need to have season ending surgery.
Beckett was trying to pitch through his hip impingement, but he has won just once in his last five starts. Beckett also had cysts and his hip labrum was reportedly torn. We’re not sure if the MRI was for the hip injury or something else. Either way, it appears like we’ve seen the last of Beckett in 2014. This explains the acquisition for Roberto Hernandez. Reports indicate that Hernandez will be starting tomorrow for the Dodgers in the opening game of the three game series at Miller Park against the Brewers.
Josh Beckett’s locker in Anaheim is cleared out. He had MRI (hip) & is expected to go on DL for Roberto Hernandez, who starts tomorrow.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 7, 2014
It’s kind of sad as we don’t know if we’ll ever see Beckett again in Dodger blue. He had a very solid season, and the Dodgers may have squeezed the last bit of Baseball juice from his veteran arm.
Beckett made 20 starts this year and posted a 6-6 record with a 2.88 ERA. He whiffed 107 and walked 39 in 115.2 innings pitched. Beckett had an 8.3 whiff per nine rate, to go along with a 7.5 hits per nine rate. Beckett also tossed a no-hitter back in May. Ironically enough it was against Philadelphia.
It is unclear whether Beckett will miss the rest of the season or not, but the Dodgers were prepared to start Carlos Frias on Friday if they had not acquired Hernandez.
Apparently the Dodgers are also looking to pick up another pitcher as well. This is one is supposed to slot into Paul Maholm’s longman/spot starter role.