Dodgers News: Teammates Believe Beckett Could Retire
The bad news keeps piling up for Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher Josh Beckett.
The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with both a hip impingement and a groin strain. New acquisition Roberto Hernandez will start in place of Beckett for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, a year that started off with a no-hitter for Beckett, may end up being his last:
Beckett has torn labrum and cysts in left hip. It won't heal w/o surgery. Teammates say he's done for the year, and might retire.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 8, 2014
This season Beckett was 6-6 overall. However, his .500 record was not indicative of how well he performed on the mound. The three-time All-Star posted a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts this season. Not to mention the aforementioned no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the year. His 2.88 ERA was the lowest of any season with at least seven starts for Beckett.
With Beckett’s season likely to be over and Paul Maholm being out for the rest of season due to a torn ACL, it brings up the question if the Dodgers should have traded for a big-name pitcher at the trade deadline. David Price and Jon Lester were among those rumored to be headed to Los Angeles. Despite struggling of late, Dan Haren earned a victory against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim giving up just one run on three hits in 7.1 innings of work on Wednesday. He will have to pitch like that with the Dodgers losing some depth in the back end of the starting rotation.
If need be, the Dodgers can also go after a starting pitcher at the trade waiver deadline in August. Cole Hamels of the Phillies is one player that Los Angeles could target to boost their starting pitching staff.
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Hamels was claimed by the Cubs and pulled off of waivers. Dodgers can’t have him until after the season, now.