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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Josh Beckett to pitch through hip injury

By on 7/20/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday by the score of 4-2. Zack Greinke allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss. It was the second straight loss for the Dodgers since the All-Star break, which dropped the Dodgers a game behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. On the injury front, veteran starter Josh Beckett is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, even though he is still bothered with a hip injury.

Our own Darius Austin reported on July 9 that Beckett was placed on the disabled list with a hip problem that was bothering him last year.  Beckett was diagnosed with "left hip impingement syndrome" and returned to Los Angeles to have an MRI and cortisone injection.

An updated on Beckett, as reported by Alex Halsted of, is that the Dodgers expect Beckett back on the mound on Tuesday, but may have to deal with the hip injury the rest of the season.

Beckett last pitched on July 6 and threw five scoreless innings before leaving with pain in his left hip. A cortisone shot allowed him to threw 40 pitched in a bullpen session Saturday in St. Louis and puts him on track to pitch against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Beckett knows he will have to pitch through the injury and hopes to make it through the season.
"I pitched with this thing for six weeks, five weeks. It just kind of progressively got worse and worse. I think here in another month I can get another shot if I have to. I'm not really looking forward to that, but if that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do."
The Dodgers will need a healthy Beckett as part of a strong pitching staff for the remainder of the season to try and keep pace with the Giants in the division. 

Beckett, in his 14th Major League season, is 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 17 games this season. He's allowed only 75 hits and struck out 95 in 103 2/3 innings. Beckett has pitched for the Marlins, Red Sox and Dodgers and has a career record of 138-105 with a 3.85 ERA in 332 games.

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