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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Josh Beckett's season could be over


By on 8/07/2014 07:00:00 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have likely lost starting pitcher Josh Beckett for the remainder of the season. The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin announced Thursday afternoon that Beckett's MRI revealed enough damage to his hip that he may not pitch again in 2014.




Beckett last pitched on August 3 against the Chicago Cubs. The photo shows him leaving in the fifth inning after allowing three earned runs. He was pitching with a hip impingement. WebMD.com defines hip impingement as "a problem with the ball or socket rim [that] can interfere with smooth motion." The condition could cause arthritis in the hip area.

In his August 3 post-game report, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick stated that Beckett "needs season-ending surgery" and implied that the hip is the reason for Beckett's recent sub-par performance. He allowed 11 earned runs in his last 12 innings (three starts).

Beckett is 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, including a no-hitter, in 20 starts. The photo shows what may turn out as his last game of 2014.

To fill in Beckett's roster spot, the Dodgers made a trade for veteran Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hernandez was 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 23 games, 20 starts, for the Phillies.

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