Josh Beckett has battled soreness between starts this season but up until July 12, he hand’t missed a start.
The 34-year-old was then placed on the disabled list due to a hip impingement, but revealed the exact nature of the injury on Saturday, according to Alex Halsted of MLB.com:
An MRI showed hip impingement, but Beckett revealed Saturday that the diagnosis is a torn labrum with two cysts.
Beckett went on to state his condition progressively got worse, but he would continue pitching and receive another cortisone shot if necessary:
I pitched with this thing for six weeks, five weeks. It just kind of progressively got worse and worse,” Beckett said. “Hopefully I can make it through. I think here in another month I can get another shot if I have to. I’m not really looking forward to that, but if that’s what I have to do, that’s what I have to do.”
It’s not uncommon for labrum tears to require surgery, though Beckett doesn’t seem interested in that being an option during the season:
I feel like as long as I’m not messing up my mechanics and I feel like I can get people out, I’m just going to ride it out until the end of the year.”
Beckett threw a bullpen session Saturday, which exceeded his expectations and received praise from Drew Butera. With the Dodgers using the All-Star break to reset the rotation, his next start is scheduled for Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Assuming the veteran right-hander doesn’t suffer any setbacks Sunday or Monday, he appears to be on track to start. However, neither Beckett nor manager Don Mattingly have provided an official decision.
During an in-game interview on Fox Sports 1 broadcast of Saturday’s game, Beckett said the team likely wouldn’t set any sort of hard deadline on his status, but rather will play it day-to-day and base the next step on his progress.
Should Beckett not be prepared to start, Paul Maholm will likely be called on once again. Maholm threw 24 pitches in 2.0 innings of relief Saturday.
Beckett’s return will require a roster move, which may result in recent call-up Paco Rodriguez being optioned back to the minors. Rodriguez assumed Pedro Baez’s spot on the active roster, who was promoted from Triple-A when Beckett was placed on the DL.
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