Josh Beckett #61 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on August 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
You can only pitch on one good leg for so long.
Josh Beckett did it for a couple of weeks with a torn labrum in his left hip. But, the Dodgers thought it best to shut him down, rather than pump him full of Cortisone so the right-hander can stay in the rotation.
The team placed Beckett on the 15-day disabled list.
(Side note: In his first start for the Dodgers on Friday against the Brewers, Hernandez tossed six innings, allowed two earned runs on three hits. He struck out five and got a no decision. The Dodgers lost, 9-3.)
OK, Back to Beckett.
He just didn’t look right once he hurt the hip. His mechanics were off. He didn’t pitch with the same level of confidence, and it showed.
In his first 17 starts the 34-year-old went an average of six innings. He made four starts after his return from the DL and didn’t go more than 4 ⅓ innings in any of them.
His pre-DL ERA: 2.26. His post-DL ERA: 7.88.
Dodger manager Don Mattingly told MLB Network Radio there’s a chance Beckett could return this season.
We’ll have to wait and see.