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Josh Beckett beats out Paul Maholm for fifth spot in Dodgers’ rotation

Mar 30, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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The Dodgers signed lefty Paul Maholm to a one-year, $1.5 million deal in February, but they have no room for him in the starting rotation. Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers have awarded that spot to right-hander Josh Beckett.

Neither Maholm nor Beckett pitched much during the spring and neither had remarkable results as well. Beckett had thoracic outlet surgery and suffered a relatively minor thumb injury during the spring, but there was doubt as to his ability to be ready to come off of the disabled list at his first point of eligibility on April 4. Manager Don Mattingly thinks Beckett will be ready:

“We feel like Josh will be ready to pitch,” Mattingly said. “He’s held up pretty good. He threw five innings the other night.

“We would prefer for him to be built up a little further, but if he absolutely had to pitch, we think he’s going to be a guy that by the time he’s eligible, could help us.”

The Dodgers will use Maholm out of the bullpen, it seems. According to J.P. Hoornstra, the Dodgers have listed him as a bullpen option on the lineup sheet in the clubhouse. However, if Clayton Kershaw has to miss more time with his back issue — ESPN’s Buster Olney says that Kershaw’s injury is the same as Jurickson Profar‘s, and Profar will miss 10-12 weeks — then Maholm could return to the rotation.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Way to go, tubby!

  2. nsstlfan - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Maholm…. Will be in the rotation by May and Beckett will be on the DL for the rest of the year and possibly career.

  3. esracerx46 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Which oft injured former Marlins pitcher would you rather have…Josh Beckett or Josh Johnson?

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      I imagine Josh Johnson is less of a douchebag* so I’d pick him.

      *I know nothing of Josh’s personality…. But he’d kind of have to be, right?

      • moogro - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:26 AM

        Beckett is really lazy.

  4. toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Well as the Dodgers found out last year when they had EIGHT starting pitchers going into the regular season you can never have too much and chances are you’ll see Maholm in the rotation sooner than later.

  5. @thekid9ball - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Reblogged this on The Fantasy Forensic and commented:
    I’m thinking Beckett going to be Beckett..it’s like Curt Shilling, once he lost velocity, he was smart and dominated with a splitter..Beckett is a vet he knows how to pitch. He knows how to pitch.Dominated the postseasons . Fearless..he’s been over looked to be seen as one of the greats.

    • jeffbbf - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      one of the great whats? He’s had 4 good seasons in the last 10, averages 160 IP per year, and has a lifetime 3.95 ERA.

      • @thekid9ball - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Good seasons? Uhhh? I will take a 3.94era to be exact. From a guy that has a been pitcher with no fear in clutch games in postseasons. I will take your 4 out of 10 anyday… he knows what it takes to win, and he has. Yanks learned that awhile ago. I’m not saying he is a spring chicken

  6. thetoolsofignorance - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    I like this. Beckett is wily. He can still get some useful starts in. With Maholm in the pen as insurance, this is the way to go

  7. sdeweese18 - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    I thought Profar’s injury was to his shoulder, not back?

    • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Uh…wasn’t that hump on the other side….

      – What hump?

      Uhh…never mind….

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