While the Los Angeles Dodgers will be without closer Kenley Jansen for 8-12 weeks and face uncertainty with reliever Joel Peralta, there’s also some concern with their starting rotation.
Zack Greinke received an injection in his right elbow on Thursday and backend starters, Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy have battled injuries throughout their careers. Perhaps with that in mind, the Dodgers announced the signing of will sign right-hander Brandon Beachy to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016.
Beachy is coming off Tommy John surgery (March 2014), having just made five starts with the Atlanta Braves in 2013; he underwent the first Tommy John surgery of his career in June of 2012. Beachy has spent the entirety of his four-year career with the Braves and made a career- high 25 starts in 2011.
That season, he finished 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA and had 169 strikeouts in 141.2 innings. His 169 strikeouts was most among all Braves pitchers and ranked second in the Majors.
While the 28 year old is expected to begin the 2015 season on the disabled list, Beachy provides more depth to a rotation that also lost Hyun-Jin Ryu for stretches last year and saw Greinke have a start pushed back due to some elbow concerns.
In order to add Beachy to the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved Chris Withrow to 60-day disabled list. Assuming Beachy pans out, he could be key for 2016 as of Anderson, who signed a one-year deal in December, would be a free agent. Additionally, Greinke can opt out of his contract following the 2015 season.
For his career, Beachy is 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA in 46 starts. He will wear No. 37 with the Dodgers.
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