Dodgers' Beckett says he'll be ready for season

The Associated Press
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, center, stretches during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Dodgers' Beckett says he'll be ready for season

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, center, stretches during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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.

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