If the Dodgers play deep into October, Beckett might be a distant memory. Even in his absence, however, the Dodgers wanted to salute a teammate who arrived at
"For him to do what he did was pretty special," ace
The Dodgers acquired pitcher Roberto Hernandez from the
Dodgers General Manager
"There's another pitcher out there we're trying to get," Colletti said.
Colletti said he would continue to search for late-inning relievers, and for additional back-end starters.
"Right now, the best choice we have is Roberto," Colletti said.
Hernandez, 33, known as
Colletti said the Dodgers already had scouted Hernandez, but trade talks "accelerated" late Wednesday so that the deal could be completed before news of the Beckett injury could break and "Ruben could hold me up for even more," referring to Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
If the Dodgers had not completed the deal, Mattingly said rookie Carlos Frias would have started Friday. However, Colletti said the Dodgers believe long relief is the "proper spot" for Frias right now.
The Dodgers also promoted left-hander
Beckett, 34, is expected to be put on the disabled list for the 18th time in his 14-year career. He ended last season on the disabled list, after a complex operation that involved removal of a rib.
He is making $15.75 million this season, the last in a contract the Dodgers inherited in order to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Boston Red Sox.
Rick Honeycutt, the Dodgers' pitching coach, said the team was not counting on Beckett this season.
"We didn't know how he would feel," Honeycutt said. "We didn't know how well he would come back. It was a longshot."
In the first half, Beckett went 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA, highlighted by a May 25 no-hitter in Philadelphia. His performance went beyond any best-case scenario the Dodgers had envisioned.
"Without a doubt," Honeycutt said. "I know he wants to finish the season. Hopefully, they can calm this thing down, and he can still pitch this year. You just don't know.
"But what he was able to give us was great. To top it off with a no-hitter in a year you didn't even know you were able to be going to pitch is pretty special."
"He was like a de facto ace for us within a six-week stretch," Ellis said of Beckett. "The lift he gave us with the no-hitter added energy to our ballclub. Without that, we wouldn't be where we are in the standings. We'd be chasing."