With Josh Beckett announcing he wouldn’t return this season and now considering retirement, the Los Angeles Dodgers transferred the veteran pitcher to the 60-day disabled list Saturday. Beckett was initially on the 15-day DL with two cysts and a hip impingement.
Beckett initially attempted to pitch with the injury, but was unable to and suffered an abdominal injury along the way. With a roster spot available, the Dodgers selected the contract of outfielder Roger Bernadina.
The Dodgers signed Bernadina in July and sent him to Triple-A Albuquerque. Bernadina began the season with the Cincinnati Reds before being released in June. In joining the Isotopes, it was Bernandina’s first time in the Minors since 2011.
Bernadina appeared in 23 games with the Isotopes and hit .246/.380/.351. The outfielder has played seven seasons in the Majors, splitting time with the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and Reds.
The 30 year old is career .236 hitter and brings some speed with him behind 59 stolen bases. If at all necessary or possible, Bernadina adds depth to an outfield that’s seemingly been tinkered with all season.
Complete press release below:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of outfielder Roger Bernadina (#18) from Triple-A Albuquerque and transferred right-hander Josh Beckett to the 60-day disabled list. Los Angeles now has 34 players on its active roster
Bernadina, 30, opened the season with Cincinnati and was signed by the Dodgers as a minor league free agent on July 8, batting .246 with two doubles, two triples and two RBI in 23 games with the Isotopes. He has a .236 career batting average with 59 steals, 27 home runs and 117 RBI in 539 games in seven big league seasons with the Nationals (2008-13), Phillies (2013) and Reds (2014).
Beckett has been on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with a left hip impingement and finishes the season with a 6-6 record and a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts.