Hip injury forces Beckett to disabled list
Dodgers recall reliever Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque
DETROIT -- The Dodgers placed starting pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with left hip impingement syndrome on Tuesday and recalled reliever Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Beckett flew to Los Angeles, where he had an MRI and received a cortisone injection. The Dodgers did not give a timetable for his return, but hip impingements often lead to torn labrum, which can require surgery to correct.
Beckett, despite pitching five scoreless innings on Sunday in Colorado, had to leave the game one inning after feeling a twinge in his left hip while running the bases. The right-hander said the hip has been increasingly troublesome as the season has progressed.
"It's been harder and harder for him each start," said manager Don Mattingly. "We hoped to get him to the break to get extra rest."
Management is hoping that a week off now, plus another week off with the All-Star break, will allow the inflammation to reduce and Beckett to return to the rotation.
Mattingly indicated that Beckett's scheduled Saturday start could be taken by Paul Maholm or Red Patterson.
Maholm is 1-4 with a 5.50 ERA in seven starts this season, mostly when Clayton Kershaw was on the disabled list. He has been in the bullpen since the middle of May.
Patterson allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings in his only start for the Dodgers in a doubleheader at Minnesota. He has been pitching for Albuquerque on the same day as Beckett has for the Dodgers.
Beckett, 34, has enjoyed a remarkable comeback this season after missing nearly all of 2013 with thoracic outlet syndrome, which required surgery to remove a rib that was compressing a nerve. He is 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, the second best of his career.
Baez was recalled for one game earlier this year, May 5 at Washington, and allowed two runs on two hits in one inning of relief in his Major League debut.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.