One of the question marks the Los Angeles Dodgers faced during the off-season was how they would stabilize the backend of their pitching rotation. Starters Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett were both lost to injuries in the early stages of 2013 and it created a revolving door behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Some of the uncertainty was addressed with the signing of Dan Haren and the final spot was up for grabs. Coming off surgery where a rib was removed to alleviate pressure being placed on a nerve, which caused numbness in his fingers, Beckett was believed to be in contention to become the fifth starter, along with Paul Maholm. Beckett suffered minor injury setbacks during Spring Training, but has since recovered and put forth two back-to-back outings after an unfortunate season debut.

Beckett acknowledged he is no longer an overpowering right-hander but believes he’s still capable of making good pitches, which is a sentiment manager Don Mattingly echoed. If Beckett is able to remain healthy, he appears to be the answer to shoring up the rotation.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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