Mar 14, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher AJ Ellis (left) and pitcher Josh Beckett (61) prior to the game against the Chicago Cubs at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Beckett to be Dodgers’ fifth starter


It’s about time that Josh Beckett attach some good graces to his name again.

After a disastrous final couple of seasons in Boston, Josh Beckett was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a blockbuster deal that was supposed to get him a new start. He made only 7 starts for the Dodgers in that second half of 2012, going 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA. The following season, Beckett only started 8 games before that season ended with thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in July.

Now, Beckett looks to rebound and begin 2014 on the right foot. Being named to the rotation is a great step in that direction, as the club announced he had beat out Paul Maholm for the fifth starter’s spot. Maholm had been acquired as starting pitching depth via free agency, but has gone on record by saying he would accept a bullpen assignment if Beckett were ready. It is unknown as to whether the club will indeed carry Maholm in the bullpen as a swingman.

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