LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed right-handed pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 7) with a left hip impingement and recalled right-handed reliever Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Baez was previously recalled for one game earlier this year, May 5 at Washington, and allowed two runs on two hits in 1.0 inning of relief in his Major League debut. The converted infielder opened the year at Double-A Chattanooga and went 2-1 with six saves and a 2.79 ERA (6 ER/19.1 IP) in 17 games to earn a May 25 promotion to Albuquerque. The 26-year-old last pitched on Saturday, allowing three runs on two hits in 1.0 inning vs. Las Vegas, and has posted a 4.50 ERA (8 ER/16.0 IP) in 17 appearances with the Isotopes.
Beckett tossed 5.0 scoreless innings and picked up the win on Sunday at Colorado, but was removed after just 82 pitches. Beckett opened the season of the DL with a right thumb contusion, but has made each of his 17 starts since then, going 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA.
- I am shocked – Josh Beckett with 8 million innings is again injured? Who knew?
- Dodgers sign Roger Bernadina? Yawn….
- MLB Writer Zachary D. Rymer writes this about Clayton Kershaw (thanks Jim Anderson):
The thing about Clayton Kershaw’s greatness is that it’s both easy to talk about and actually pretty hard to exaggerate.
For example, we can say the Los Angeles Dodgers ace lefty is hands down MLB’s best pitcher. There’s plenty to back that up, including how Kershaw’s 2.19 ERA since 2011 is easily the best among pitchers with at least 100 starts.
For another example, we can say the no-hitter Kershaw pitched against the Colorado Rockies—who face him again Friday night—on June 18 is an all-time great performance. After all, it’s the only no-hit, no-walk game ever to feature 15 strikeouts.
Here’s another one: Though he’s still only 26 years old, Kershaw has a very real chance of becoming the greatest left-handed ace baseball has ever known.
Between the three statements I just threw out there, this is probably the one that comes off as being dangerously close to an exaggeration. Or maybe even a full-blown exaggeration.
But if anything, it’s the lesser exaggeration of the three. Of all the great southpaws baseball has ever known, none of them was as good at such a young age as Kershaw is now.
I rest my case!