This is not a sudden development, although fans would be forgiven for thinking so. On Tuesday, the Dodgers put
The Dodgers might have played their worst game of the season, a 14-5 loss in which they roared to a 5-0 lead against
There was nothing mischievous when Mattingly went to the mound in the second inning, after Ryu had given up four consecutive hits. Mattingly rarely visits the mound without removing the pitcher, but the manager said he could tell Ryu was getting frustrated with the strike zone and wanted to tell him to stop worrying about it. Ryu said he was frustrated by all the hits he was giving up, not by the strike zone, then gave up four more hits before the inning was over.
Ryu and the Dodgers chalked this start up as one of those nights. The Beckett injury might be more significant.
Beckett, 34, was put on the disabled list after an MRI examination revealed what the team said was an impingement in the left hip. Beckett has been on the disabled list 16 times in his 14-year career.
The Dodgers hope Beckett can return July 22, meaning he would sit out only one start, thanks to the All-Star break, but they are prepared for him to sit out more.
The Dodgers' options to take Beckett's turn Saturday, Mattingly said, are reliever
Colletti said Beckett's injury has no effect on the trade deadline plans the Dodgers already are exploring.
"It won't change our approach," Colletti said. "We are hopeful Josh can be back before the end of the month.
"Typically, we have been active in July and August. If there is a deal we feel can make us better, we will pursue it."
The Dodgers are in it to win it this season — their owners certainly put up a world-record payroll to win it — and a lengthy injury to Beckett could hamper their chances to win the
They could pursue depth, a back-of-the-rotation starter along the lines of
The Dodgers would not say exactly what they would like to do. But one club official noted the team arrived in