Share “Dodgers' Beckett says he'll be ready for...”

Dodgers' Beckett says he'll be ready for season

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Beckett said he will be ready for the start of the Dodgers' season after having a rib removed last July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm

The right-hander is expected to battle newly acquired Paul Maholm for the fifth spot in the Dodgers' starting rotation this spring. Beckett, the fifth starter before last year's mid-season surgery, breezed through his first bullpen session Monday in Arizona. He threw 30 pitches with no sign of trouble.

The Dodgers' signing of Maholm on Saturday is considered a hedge against the possibility of further injury to Beckett, a three-time All-Star whom the Dodgers acquired from Boston along with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in a 2012 trade.