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Josh Beckett to debut Monday, Chad Billingsley out “a while”

Aug 25, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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Dodgers GM Ned Colletti announced to the media on Saturday that newly-acquired starter Josh Beckett is going to make his debut on Monday night against the Rockies, filling the rotation spot left vacant by a recent injury to right-hander Chad Billingsley, who is going to be sidelined for “a while.”

This according to Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times.

Beckett was acquired in the nine-player blockbuster trade with the Red Sox that was made official this afternoon. He had an ugly 5.23 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 94/38 K/BB ratio in 127 1/3 innings this season with Boston.

Billingsley came down with inflammation in his right elbow Friday night. He is headed to the disabled list.

  1. manchestermiracle - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Gonzalez obviously feels better about the change in scenery and having the weight of the endless drama that is the Red Sox off his back. Wonder if Beckett will also feel rejuvenated.

  2. shivablast - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    As a sox fan, I hope he does pitch well for the dodgers. I’ve enjoyed rooting for him during his tenure here, but it seemed like it wasn’t really where he wanted to pitch. Thanks, Josh, for the good memories and your performance over the years. Here’s hoping that this trade works out well for both ball clubs.

    • canoyoulie - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      wow. a reasonable-minded red sox fan? incredible.

      i’m guessing he does much better now that he’s out of the cesspool that is the boston red sox these days.

    • mwalsh5 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      How can you respect a player that purposely ‘sandbags’ aka purposely plays like crap to get out of town? Do you seriously beleive that Beckett is that bad of a pitcher the way he has played this season in Boston? If you do you are insane as he is not that bad of a pitcher and I have ZERO respect for a professional ballplayer that takes a season off to skip town because of the embarassment he was much of a cause of in September. No respect at all for this POS regardless of the 2007 WS ring he helped this city win.

  3. kingcarlbanks - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    As a Yanks fan, I am glad as hell Beckett is gone. Peace!!

  4. pisano - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    I’m just glad he’s out of the AL,this guy will age you while he’s on the mound.

  5. mwalsh5 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Beckett is a cancer for any team these days so LA enjoy your new found glorious players. Gonzo not included he will be a great pickup for your team but enjoy all that salary cap you just picked up for this deal. Hey quick question also LA..Any good fried chicken places near Dodger Stadium?

  6. KOBEshigawa - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    I’ve said since Friday that the most important part of the big trade was actually Beckett rather than Gonzalez (http://thegreatmambino.blogspot.com/2012/08/instant-trade-analysis-adrian-gonzalez.html ), but that’s even more apparent now. The Dodgers NEED another veteran, playoff-tested starter to throw out there with Kershaw, and without Billingsley, Harang, Capuano, Blanton and Stephen Fife are just not going to get the job done. Beckett must return to something close to his 2011 form, and now if the Dodgers want to make the playoffs, let alone win a series or three.

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