MLB notebook: Dodgers' Mattingly says Beckett likely out for year
MLB.com reported Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett likely won't pitch again this season according to manager Don Mattingly.
“He threw the other day, and it went OK,” Mattingly said. “Still, I don't think that leaves us enough time to get him ready to pitch.”
Beckett went on the disabled list Aug. 8 with a torn labrum and two cysts on his left hip. He went 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts this season, including a no-hitter May 25 versus the Phillies.
• ESPN reported Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro likely will miss the rest of the season with a high-ankle sprain. Castro, 24, injured himself sliding into home in the first inning of Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Brewers. Castro, a three-time All-Star, is batting .292 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs. He was holding out hope that he could beat the four-week prognosis to return. Cubs rookie Javier Baez, a natural shortstop, will shift over from second base and take Castro's place in the field.
• Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey was struck on the head by a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria during batting practice Wednesday before a game against the Rays. Dickey returned to the Blue Jays clubhouse and was not injured, club spokesman Mal Romanin said. The 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner was loosening up in left field and facing away from the plate when he was hit on the side of the head, according to several witnesses. The 39-year-old knuckleballer is 11-12 with a 3.94 ERA.
• Former Florida clinic owner Anthony Bosch is expected to plead guilty at an October hearing to a drug distribution conspiracy charge in Major League Baseball's most recent performance-enhancing substances scandal. Bosch faces a maximum 10-year prison term but likely will get less in return for his guilty plea and cooperation. Six other people are charged in the case that resulted in suspensions against numerous MLB players, including Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
• Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid, who worked as an amateur scout for the Pirates in 1997, died late Tuesday at age 53.