The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t the healthiest group at the moment with key contributors Juan Uribe, Hanley Ramirez and Hyun-Jin Ryu all landing on the disabled list over the last ten days. No one in that trio, though, is expected to miss significant time. Good depth on the roster and a 4.5 game lead over San Francisco in the NL West heading into Sunday’s game against Milwaukee allow the Dodgers to be safe before sorry. Whether Josh Beckett returns to the mound this year, though, is a far dicier proposition. Beckett was placed on the disabled list Aug. 9 (retroactive to Aug. 4) with a recurrence of the left hip impingement shelving him in July. While his season-long numbers (2.88 ERA in 115.2 IP) are strong, Beckett pitched poorly in his first attempt to come back from the injury, allowing 11 earned runs, including five home runs, in 12 innings over three starts. He has since been replaced in the rotation by Roberto Hernandez, acquired on Aug. 7 from Philadelphia. Sunday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said there’s still a chance Beckett might return. At the very least, the team is working towards it.
Dodgers, Beckett won't rule out return to mound
ESPN Los Angeles | Aug 19