In his 14th season and with over 2,000 innings logged, Josh Beckett has battled soreness between his starts this year. Beckett took the mound Sunday coming off what likely was his worst start this season since his debut on April 9.

Despite the reports of the right-hander battling physical issues, Beckett was sharp Sunday as he went toe-to-toe with Colorado Rockies rookie Yohan Flande. The two starters combined to pitch four scoreless innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers broke the game open in the fifth inning.

Beckett sparked the scoring spree with his one-out double, but it came at a cost. The Dodger starter moved to third base on a Dee Gordon line-drive single to left field, narrowly beating the throw. Beckett hesitated as he needed to wait for the ball to safely get through and slid awkwardly into third base.

He pitched the bottom half of the inning, retiring the Rockies in order before being removed. According to David Vassegh, co-host of Dodger Talk on AM 570, Beckett tweaked his hip while out on the basepaths:

According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, a trainer noticed a change in Beckett’s delivery following his trip around the bases:

The 34-year-old earned the win Sunday and is now 6-5 with a 2.26 in what has been a successful season. Beckett’s next scheduled start is July 12 when the Dodgers host the San Diego Padres and he’ll then have time to rest his ailing body over the All-Star break, assuming he doesn’t participate in the game.

With the break, the Dodgers will have the opportunity to reset their starting rotation, which would provide Beckett with more rest.
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Dodgers Play “Hot Foot” Prank On Scott Van Slyke


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6 Responses

  1. John A Molina

    Vin Scully, dodger legend. I would like to attend a dodger game, before I head back to Texas, in Oct, but times are hard but no matter Dodger Blue 4 Life

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  2. Jon Rector

    Los Angeles Fire Marshalls statement about the Scott Van Slyke prank is absurd.

    First of all I doubt he has ever worked tirelessly a day in his career as fire marshall.

    The NFPA is our national fire code and every 3 years it is updated and nearly doubles in size so bozos like this clown can justify their their existence by creating more and more irrelevant and uneccasary fund raising campaigns.

    Go BLUE keep up the good work!

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