J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
Josh Beckett is planning to undergo surgery on his hip in May 2015. According to MLB.com, he will not attempt to return to the mound.
Beckett didn’t have time to sign any retirement paperwork or inform his teammates of the decision in the minutes after the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday. But according to the report, Beckett’s career is over.
The 34-year-old right hander has pitched 335 games in a career that began in 2001, starting all but three. He made 35 starts with the Dodgers after arriving in an August 2012 trade with the Boston Red Sox along with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto.
This season, Beckett went 6-6 with a career-low 2.88 ERA before hip injuries ended his season in July.
Beckett won 138 games for the Dodgers, Florida Marlins (2001-05) and Red Sox (2006-12). He was 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 14 postseason games, winning the World Series MVP Award in 2003 and the ALCS MVP award in 2007.
ST. LOUIS >> Yasiel Puig was smiling Tuesday afternoon, cracking jokes, looking nothing like a man who’d just been benched for a playoff game for the first time in his major-league career.
He learned his fate the same way the rest of us at Busch Stadium did: by seeing Andre Ethier‘s name in the lineup card. But Puig said in Spanish that he didn’t need to talk to manager Don Mattingly about the decision.
“We need to win that game,” Puig said. “I’m not working well on the field against St. Louis. It’s gone really bad in this series but … we’re doing the best we can. I’d like to hit every time I’ve gone up to bat, but haven’t been able to do so and I just win this game today with Ethier back there and with all of the guys that are playing. We know that we’re going to win with (Clayton) Kershaw on the mound and then continue at home with (Zack) Greinke.”
Dodgers middle relievers have allowed six runs in the first three games of the National League Division Series. That’s prompted some questions about whether Kenley Jansen should come out to start the eighth inning in a potential save situation.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)
After saying for days that right-hander Dan Haren would start Game 4 of the National League Division Series, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reversed course and will give the ball to Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw on three days’ rest.
Major League Baseball will fine St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during a fracas in the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.
From Heyman’s story:
The exact amount of the fine isn’t known, but it was said to an amount that isn’t insignificant, one designed to “get his attention,” people familiar situation said.