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Josh Beckett pitching again this season is “probably not very possible”

Sep 3, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

Josh Beckett AP

Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett has been on the disabled list with a torn hip labrum since early August and manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register that his returning to pitch again this season is “probably not very possible.”

Beckett may end up needing surgery, but hasn’t made a decision on that yet.

Before the injury he had an excellent bounceback season, throwing a no-hitter against the Phillies on May 25 and posting a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts overall. Last season Beckett went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA and was limited to just 43 innings.

He’ll be a free agent this offseason after finishing up a four-year, $68 million contract, so the surgery decision is a big one for the 34-year-old.

  1. 18thstreet - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Isn’t the best option to just put him out there and let him throw a pitch whenever he feels he’s ready? I mean, he already takes 45 seconds between pitches. Why not 4 months? Would we really notice?

  2. sportsfan18 - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    It’s always been health for him. He has talent, but just couldn’t ever perform game after game year after year.

    Very few 200 inning seasons. Only once in his career did he throw 200 or more innings in consecutive seasons.

    NEVER pitched/started 35 games in even one season. never pitched or started 34 games in one season.

    only ONCE in his entire career has he even made 30 or more starts in two consecutive seasons.

    he’s started 30 or more games 4 times in 13 seasons…

    I’m not saying he isn’t good, just that he’s not been able to stay healthy. He has good stuff and injuries are sad in pro sports.

    • bigkempin - Sep 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      You REALLY don’t follow much baseball if you use 35 starts as a point of your argument…..even 34 starts. In this day and age SP’s usually make 32-33 starts. Guess how 34 start seasons Kershaw has….0, Felix 2, Sabathia 3 and 1 35 start season. Not arguing your point of Beckett being injury prone…but cmon man.

      • genericcommenter - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        How I long for the days when workhorse ace pitchers like Bob Milacki could put up 36 starts and 240+ innings per season.

    • scoochpooch - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      you have to remember that he’s also been aided by a tremendous pitchers’ park. His best beasons have come in Florida and LA, pretty easy places to succeed as a pitcher. Even Kershaw the Great struggles away from home, just check his playoff record. Also, Beckett is now back in the NL which the talent level is considerably lower than AL. These facts are truly a recipe for success.

      • 18thstreet - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        His work in the 2007 postseason was amazing. Granted, that was a long time ago, but he’s not totally dependent on pitchers’ parks.

  3. jimeejohnson - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    There’s still cheap beer.

  4. yahmule - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Who besides Don Mattingly thought anybody was going to pitch through a torn hip labrum?

  5. joestemme - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Hey, Becket had two great playoff and World Series runs. But, dang, does this season’s no-hitter look out of place considering all the great pitchers with multiple great seasons who never got one. Yes, I know he pitched well when he was “healthy” this year – but, it’s still a pretty flukey no-hitter.

  6. chargrz - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Retire, Please!

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