The Los Angeles Dodgers added starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez earlier this week. Even with that move, they are reportedly still shopping for help in their rotation and in the bullpen. That activity was inspired, at least in part, by the team’s concerns about the health of Josh Beckett.
Ineffectiveness of late was the primary concern for the Dodgers with Beckett, despite the fact that he still has a sub-3.00 ERA on the season. They were considering the option of skipping a start for Beckett, but ultimately that probably would have just delayed the inevitable.
On Friday the team finally put Beckett on the disabled list with the hip injury that has been ailing him for a while now and cost him time earlier this summer. According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com:
The Los Angeles Dodgers made an expected move Friday by putting pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list.
The 34-year-old Beckett has been diagnosed with a reoccurrence of the left him impingement that landed him on the disabled list in July. In addition to the hip problem, an MRI on Thursday also revealed a groin strain.
Now the Dodgers face the task of piecing together a strong enough rotation to hold off the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. They were already walking a fine line by counting on Beckett and Dan Haren. Now they will be increasingly dependent on Hernandez, making it entirely unsurprising that general manager Ned Colletti is still on the hunt for more help. It sounds like it might be a while before Beckett is available again.