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Nerve irritation shelves Beckett

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Right-hander Josh Beckett will not throw for four weeks because of numbness in his pitching hand, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced.

Beckett, 33, is on the disabled list with a groin strain, but the bigger issue appears to be the loss of sensation in his fingers and hand. He went to see a specialist on Tuesday in Dallas and was diagnosed with a nerve irritation in his arm.

While no surgery was recommended, Beckett rwill efrain from throwing a baseball for four weeks.

The season has not started well for Beckett. In addition to the injuries, he is 0-5 with an 5.19 ERA in eight starts. Since coming to the Dodgers last August in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, Beckett has a 2-8 record.

Injuries have hit the Dodgers, last in the National League West with a 25-32 record, hard this season. Starting pitchers Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano are out, Zack Greinke recently returned from a broken collarbone and Hyun-Jin Ryu missed his last start with a foot problem.
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