The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Josh Beckett on the disabled list Monday with a hip impingement, which will result in the veteran pitcher missing a schedule start this weekend but will also grant him more time to rest.
Beckett began the season on the DL with a bruised thumb and managed to make every scheduled start since his April 9 debut despite battling soreness.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, manager Don Mattingly said Beckett’s pitched with the hip injury:
He’s been dealing with it and pitching well. We hope a little time off will help. We’re confident he’ll be back and able to pitch.”
Mattingly also added he doesn’t expect the right-hander to be sidelined for an extended period of time:
I can’t say for sure, but I’m pretty confident it won’t be months and months.”
Prior to Thursday’s game with the San Diego Padres, Gurnick reported Beckett was out throwing:
Josh Beckett is playing catch, three days after a cortisone injection in his hip.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 10, 2014
General manager Ned Colletti said Beckett’s injury won’t change the team’s plans in regards to potential trades. Beckett is 6-5 this season with a 2.26 ERA that ranks third best in the National League as of July 10 and has a 1.03 WHIP mark, which is fifth in the NL.
Unsure of what they would get from Beckett, he’s been a valuable asset for the rotation and threw the team’s first no-hitter this season. Beckett has attributed his success this season to A.J. Ellis proposing that he rely on his breaking ball with more frequency.
Beckett’s stint on the DL has left the Dodgers in search of a spot starter for Saturday, but if all goes well, the right-hander could return for his first start after the All-Star break.
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