Josh Beckett placed on DL, Dodgers recall Pedro Baez

Justin Edmonds

DETROIT -- The Dodgers on Tuesday placed starting pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement and recalled reliever Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque before their two-game series on Tuesday night against the Tigers in Detroit.

Beckett pitched five scoreless innings in a win on Sunday against the Rockies in Colorado, but felt something in his hip while running the bases in the fifth inning. Beckett hit a double, his third in two games, and later scored.

With the All-Star break, Beckett could miss a minimum of one start if his DL stint lasts just 15 days. He will be eligible to return as early as July 22, the Dodgers' fifth game back after the All-Star break. The club will need to have someone fill in to start on Saturday, either Paul Maholm, who is already on the active roster, or someone from Triple-A like Red Patterson, who started for the Isotopes on Sunday.

Baez, a converted third baseman, made his major league debut on May 5 in Washington DC, allowing two runs in an inning against the Nationals. Since his demotion back to the minors he put up a 3.97 ERA between Double-A Chattanooga and hitter-friendly Triple-A Albuquerque, but improved his control with 27 strikeouts and eight walks, including just four walks in 17 strikeouts in 17 games with the Isotopes.

Baez, 25, had six walks and eight strikeouts in his first 11 games in Double-A before his call-up. He last pitched for the Isotopes on Saturday.

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