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.
What to make of each of their performances?
Who would be a better pitcher, and do the Dodgers have a chance of trading for him?
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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.