Beckett still possible for Wednesday start


LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett threw a short bullpen session Sunday and remains a possibility to make his season debut and start the team's game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Beckett had a setback in his final rehabilitation start Friday when he sprained his ankle fielding a bunt. He has been working his way back from a rare surgery which removed an upper rib that was putting pressure on a nerve and causing tingling in his arm and fingers. Beckett also suffered a a setback in spring training when a clubhouse door slammed on his thumb.

"I was 92-94 (miles an hour) the other day in Rancho, so I think that's probably hard enough," he said Sunday. "I threw 75-76 pitches, and I was still feeling pretty good there in the last inning. Just getting over there and awkwardly fielding that bunt wasn't good."

Beckett said he wasn't sure if he'd be able to pitch Wednesday, but he felt more "encouraged" about his chances after throwing on Sunday than on Saturday.

"That's not really up to me. I think our training staff and Donnie will probably make those calls, but it was a lot more encouraging today than yesterday," he said. "I felt good. I felt like I had good power stuff. My change up was pretty good. The cutter was pretty suspect. But all in all it was pretty good."