Josh Beckett placed on disabled list with groin strain

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Josh Beckett hits the DL as Zack Greinke rejoins the rotation for L.A.
Josh Beckett hits the DL as Zack Greinke rejoins the rotation for L.A. (USATSI)

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With right-hander Zack Greinke returning to the Dodgers' starting rotation -- he's starting Wednesday night against the Nationals -- the team needed to make a corresponding move to free a spot on the active roster. And that move is putting fellow right-handed starter Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain, the club announced Wednesday afternoon.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed after Beckett's latest start that the groin had been bothering the three-time All-Star. With Greinke set to return just over a month since suffering a broken collarbone in a brawl with the Padres, the timing worked out well for the Dodgers.

Beckett, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He's 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Since an outstanding outing at Arizona on April 14 -- where he took the loss when he allowed his only earned run in the bottom of the ninth inning -- Beckett has failed to throw a pitch in the seventh inning, averaging just 4 2/3 innings per start with a 6.75 ERA.

Beckett is making $15.75 million this season and next before hitting free agency.

Greinke, 29, is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA through two starts this season. He signed a six-year, $159 million contract with the Dodgers this past offseason.

With Beckett going to the DL, Matt Magill will remain in the rotation.

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