By the sounds of things, the Dodgers' rotation depth will continue being tested for the rest of the 2014 season. That's because right-hander Josh Beckett, who's been sidelined since Aug. 3 with a torn labrum in his left hip, isn't likely to pitch again this year. Here are manager Don Mattingly's comments via Bill Shaikin:
#Dodgers mgr Don Mattingly said RHP Josh Beckett pitching again this season is "probably not very possible." Surgery up to Beckett now— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 3, 2014
Prior to the injury, the 34-year-old Beckett had positioned himself as a Comeback Player of the Year candidate. Besides no-hitting the Phillies on May 25, Beckett has pitched to a 2.88 ERA in 115 2/3 innings. That came on the heels of any injury-shortened 2013 in which he gave up 30 runs in eight starts.
Beckett's eligible for free agency this coming offseason.