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Hip issue lands Josh Beckett on DL

MILWAUKEE - The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season with a left hip injury. He is expected to be out about two weeks.

The DL move on Friday comes one day after the Dodgers acquired right-hander Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies and placed him in Beckett's spot in the rotation Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 34-year-old Beckett has been diagnosed with a reoccurrence of the left him impingement that landed him on the disabled list in July. In addition to the hip problem, an MRI on Thursday also revealed a groin strain.

Despite the fact that Beckett missed two weeks, struggled upon his return, and will head to the DL again, manager Don Mattingly believes his veteran starter will be able to take the mound again this year.

"It's a possibility," Mattingly said. "At the point we're talking about, 10 days or two weeks of rest and then starting the (recovery) progression. I anticipate that he will be able to pitch again this year."

Mattingly compared it to a hip flexor injury Clayton Kershaw experienced in 2012, but Kershaw only went 12 days between starts with that injury. Beckett's issue has now put him on the disabled list twice. Kershaw was also just 24 that season.

"I'm hoping that's the case; it's the same area, it's the same thing Clayton was feeling," Mattingly said. "They both talked about the hip things. It makes a little bit of sense, so I'm hoping that's why they're talking about the 10 days, two weeks of rest, and then starting the progression."

Mattingly said Beckett's rotation is essentially Hernandez's to lose. The right-hander came to the Dodgers with a 6-8 record and a 3.87 ERA in 23 outings (20 starts).