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Josh Beckett goes on disabled list, might miss just one start

Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. His 2.26 ERA is third best in the National League.
Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. His 2.26 ERA is third best in the National League.
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The Dodgers placed starting pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Pedro Baez, the team announced Tuesday in a press release.

The move on Beckett is retroactive to July 7, the day after his last start. In Sunday’s game, Beckett lasted five innings before exiting with what was later diagnosed as a left hip impingement. The 34-year old threw five scoreless frames and picked up the fin, his sixth of the year.

With the All Star game on July 15, Beckett could miss as little as one start. He would be eligible to come off of the disabled list for the three-game series in Pittsburgh.

After going winless in eight starts last year, Beckett underwent surgery to help relieve pressure in his neck in the nerve area. With his career in jeopardy, Beckett responded by making 17 first-half starts and has been a pleasant surprise. Though his 6-5 record is lackluster, his 2.26 earned run average is the third lowest in the National League. If Beckett is on the shelf for an extended period of time, General Manager Ned Colletti might be forced to add another starting pitcher before the trade deadline.

The 26-year old Baez was signed by Los Angeles as a free agent in 2007 out of the Dominican Republic at the age of 21. The Dodgers originally projected him as a third baseman. After six years toiling away in the minor leagues, it became apparent Baez would not be a Major League infielder. The team pushed the 6’2” right hander to the mound, where he has made 82 appearances since the start of the 2013 campaign.

Baez started 2014 with Double-A Chattanooga and went 2-1 with six saves and a 2.79 ERA in 16 appearances before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque. In 17 games with the Isotopes, Baez had three saves and a 4.50 ERA. He made his Major League debut with the Dodgers on May 5 at Washington, allowing two runs on two hits in one inning of work.

The Dodgers return home Thursday for a four-game home stand against the Padres, their last games before the All Star game.

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