Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beckett is Back from DL to Pitch Tonight - Dealing with Torn Labrum

Josh Beckett is either a warrior of the godly class, or a reckless fool who is risking a future Baseball career.

As you may know, Josh Beckett was placed on the Disabled List in early July for what had been described as a left hip impingement.  As Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com mentioned at the time:
Beckett, 34, has been dealing with intermittent pain in the hip for a couple of weeks, and he felt a twinge while running the bases Sunday in Colorado, leaving the game after pitching five scoreless innings.
Well, Beckett has just been called back up to start tonight's game against Pittsburgh.  At the same time, we are learning more about his current condition, via Evan Petzold at Sports Injury Alert:
Beckett has been dealing with a torn labrum and two cysts in one of his hips. He has recovered from his injury and will start on Tuesday against the Pirates. Beckett believes he will be fine, the injections are helping but we do not know how long that can last until it becomes overwhelming.
Holy Batman, Robin!  So, he's going to tough it out and pitch tonight?  That's a little crazy if you ask me.  I get that his hip is feeling much better, but how long should we expect that to last?  And, at what point does the health and well being of a player trump the teams desire to win.  I get that it's likely Beckett who is going all out to continue to contribute, but at some point a more rational head needs to step in.  A torn anything can't possibly portend to anything but bad news for the immediate future; both on the field and to his quality of life after the game.

The corollary move to Beckett's recall is to send left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez back down to Albuquerque.  Paco pitched well during his most recent stint with the team.  He had back-to-back scoreless appearances on Friday and Saturday.

Pic at the very top via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014

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