Josh Beckett injury: Dodgers RHP begins throwing program, still no timetable for return

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Beckett, 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts this season, hasn't pitched since May 13. He is under contract through 2014.

Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett began a throwing program on Wednesday, his first time throwing in the last four weeks. Beckett was limited to physical therapy for the last four weeks after getting diagnosed with nerve irritation that affects his right arm and hand.

Beckett will continue to progress his throwing program over the next few weeks, the Dodgers say, but there is still no timetable for his return to the mound or for throwing in any minor league rehabilitation games.

The last game Beckett pitched for the Dodgers was May 13, when he lasted just three innings against the Nationals. He was original placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain and what he called "other stuff," but as the groin healed his arm did not.

Beckett saw a nerve specialist in Dallas on June 3, who confirmed the team's diagnosis of nerve irritation in Beckett's right arm and hand and shut him down for four weeks. Beckett is 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in five starts this season, and his availability for the remainder of this season is in doubt.

The Dodgers are reportedly in talks with the Marlins for starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco, trying to add depth to the rotation has been lacking really since April, even though the Dodgers entered the season with eight starters under contract.

Beckett, 33, is making $15.75 million this season and is under contract for another $15.75 million in 2014.

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