Josh Beckett has missed 23 games and counting with a left hip ailment. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett
didn’t provide an update on his health Sunday morning, probably because the reality is bleak and blunt: The longer he goes without being able to throw off a mound, the less likely he is to pitch in a game this season.
There are exactly six weeks left in the regular season as of today, and there’s still no timetable for Beckett to begin throwing.
“He was doing some water workouts,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s what I have.”
Josh Beckett was the losing pitcher Sunday in the Cubs’ 7-3 win over the Dodgers. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
MILWAUKEE — Josh Beckett‘s season might not be over, but he won’t rejoin the Dodgers’ starting rotation for at least a couple weeks after going on the disabled list Friday.
Roberto Hernandez has already made two starts in Miller Park this season. (Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE — Roberto Hernandez
has faced the Milwaukee Brewers twice already this season. When he starts for the Dodgers today, as is expected
, it will be his third start in Miller Park this season. Yet it’s hard to know what to expect.
Josh Beckett and Dan Haren gave the Dodgers’ front office good reason to question the depth of their starting rotation.
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Hanley Ramirez did not taking batting practice Monday, one day after he was hit in the left hand and left shoulder by pitches in St. Louis. (Associated Press photo)
PITTSBURGH >> Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are not in the Dodgers’ lineup for the second consecutive day.
The Dodgers will use the same lineup against Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Vance Worley that led to a 5-2 win Monday, with Matt Kemp starting in right field, Andre Ethier in center field and Carl Crawford in left. Before Monday, Kemp hadn’t started a game in right field since October 2009.
Puig was hit in the left hand by a Joe Kelly pitch on Saturday in St. Louis. Ramirez was hit in the left hand by a Trevor Rosenthal pitch Sunday. X-rays on both players revealed no broken bones, but they were still too hurt to take batting practice Monday. Puig was said to be closer to returning than Ramirez.
Josh Beckett was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will start the game for the Dodgers. Left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Associated Press photo
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed that Josh Beckett will come off the disabled list and start tomorrow’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, “barring anything unforeseen happening today.”
Beckett missed only one start after being placed on the disabled list July 8. Paul Maholm stepped in and threw six shutout innings against the San Diego Padres on July 12.
The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding roster move when Beckett is activated from the DL. The most likely candidate to come off the roster is left-hander Paco Rodriguez, if only because he can be optioned to Triple-A and the Dodgers will still have two left-handed pitchers in the bullpen: Maholm and J.P. Howell.
The Dodgers have days off on Thursday and Monday. Will Mattingly reshuffle the rotation?
Dan Haren has lost three straight starts while posting a 9.64 earned-run average. By skipping his next turn, aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke would each pitch this weekend against the San Francisco Giants and next week against the Atlanta Braves.
“It’s not something we’re willing to talk about at this point,” Mattingly said. “We know who’s going to pitch these next three games. From there, we start having some options. We want to make sure everybody knows where they’re going to be so their work schedule goes along with that.”
ST. LOUIS>>Josh Beckett seems unlikely to miss another start after the right-hander threw a bullpen session Saturday morning at Busch Stadium without pain in his left hip.
“I felt like my mechanics were a lot sharper than I was expecting them to be, and the actual feel of the bullpen, also the way my body felt, was better than I thought,” Beckett said.
Drew Butera, who caught Beckett in the bullpen, said “that was as clean as I’ve seen him in a while.”
Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett threw five shutout innings Sunday in Colorado. (Associated Press photo)
, whose 2.26 earned-run average is second among Dodgers starters, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left hip impingement Tuesday.
Beckett last pitched two days ago in Colorado and threw five shutout innings, earning his sixth win of the season. His next scheduled start was Friday in Los Angeles against the San Diego Padres. After that, Beckett wouldn’t have pitched until after the All-Star break, so it’s possible that Beckett will miss only one start. He’s eligible to return July 22, the second game of a three-game series in Pittsburgh.
Right-handed pitcher Pedro Baez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. The 26-year-old had a 4.50 ERA in 17 appearances, all in relief, since being promoted from Double-A on May 25.
Baez appeared in his first and only major-league game with the Dodgers on May 5. He allowed two runs on two hits in one inning against the Nationals.
The Dodgers are scheduled to play the Detroit Tigers at 4 p.m. today at Comerica Park.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been nominated for Best Baseball Player, and Josh Beckett is a finalist for Best Comeback Athlete, as voting for the ESPY awards began Tuesday.
Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award in 2013 and last week threw the first no-hitter of his career. Beckett missed most of last season with thoracic outlet syndrome, then came back this year to pitch a no-hitter of his own.
The ESPY awards will air July 16 on ESPN, during the MLB All-Star break. Drake is hosting the annual made-for-TV awards show at the Nokia Theater.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wasn’t nominated in the Best Fighter category.
Chad Billingsley made two rehab starts for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this season and didn’t make it out of the second inning in either appearance. (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Twitter)
‘s season is in jeopardy after an MRI scan Thursday revealed a partial tear of the flexor tendon in his right elbow.
Though surgery is commonly performed, Billingsley is planning to discuss his options with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in the coming days before deciding on a course of action.
The prognosis for recovery from torn flexor tendon surgery varies greatly.