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LAD@SD: Beckett fans eight in seven strong innings

He's done it before, and now Josh Beckett will try to do it again.

The right-hander will return from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday against the Pirates after missing just one start with a left hip impingement. He received a cortisone injection in the hip, which has a torn labrum and two cysts. The Dodgers optioned left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Beckett.

Beckett had pitched through the injury before going on the disabled list, leaving his July 6 start after five scoreless innings, and he might have to continue to pitch through the injury for the remainder of the season.

"I pitched with this thing for six weeks, five weeks. It just kind of progressively got worse and worse," Beckett said. "Hopefully, I can make it through. I think here in another month I can get another shot if I have to. I'm not really looking forward to that, but if that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do."

Despite the injury, Beckett has seemingly resurrected his career this season, going 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA -- fifth best in the Major Leagues -- and throwing his first career no-hitter May 25 against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

"I don't think [the feeling is] going to go away, I think that's just going to be something I might have to deal with," Beckett said. "I feel like as long as I'm not messing up my mechanics and I feel like I can get people out, I'm just going to ride it out until the end of the year."

Beckett will face right-hander Vance Worley, who will make his first start since July 8, when he gave up four runs on nine hits in five innings against the Cardinals. He also worked the Sunday before the All-Star break out of the bullpen and gave up two runs in two frames.

Worley joined the Pirates' rotation in mid-June and had a strong first three starts, posting a 1.74 ERA and a .224 batting average against. However, in his last three appearances, those numbers are 5.79 and .298, respectively.

"His fastball was up in the zone more than in the previous four outings," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after Worley's last start. "The overall command in the strike zone probably wasn't as sharp as it had been."

Pirates: Struggling Polanco gets a breather
Gregory Polanco was out of the Pirates' lineup Monday, sitting against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The rookie right fielder is hitless in his last 11 at-bats and is 3-for-35 (.086) with 10 strikeouts in his last eight games. The left-handed-hitting Polanco is hitting at a .143 clip against southpaws in 42 at-bats this season.

Hurdle suggested Polanco would be back in the lineup Tuesday against Beckett.

"He continues to play, he continues to fight, he continues to battle," Hurdle said. "This wasn't unexpected from us by any means. We just got to keep working with him and keep reminding him that this is the Major Leagues. You're not going up from here."

Dodgers: Puig, Ramirez receive follow-up X-rays
The playing status of right fielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez is uncertain heading into Tuesday's contest, as each player received follow-up X-rays Monday, which came back negative.

Both players were hit by pitches during the weekend series with the Cardinals, with Puig getting hit on his left hand and Ramirez getting struck on the left wrist.

Puig, who was hit on the hand Saturday, appears closer to returning than Ramirez, who was hit twice -- once in the shoulder -- in Sunday night's finale.

Worth noting
• Gerrit Cole (sore right lat) is set to pitch another simulated game -- four innings, upwards of 60 pitches -- on Wednesday. Thereafter, without any setbacks, he may be ready to take a rehab assignment.

• Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said infielder Chone Figgins is likely to remain on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque throughout the week before rejoining the Major League team when it returns home next week. Comments