Dodgers’ Beckett says he’ll return this year

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Dodgers’ Beckett says he’ll return this year

LOS ANGELES - Josh Beckett is confident he will pitch again for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, although the right-hander won’t throw for another four weeks.

Currently on the disabled list with a left groin strain, Beckett has been diagnosed with irritation of an upper arm nerve that causes numbness in his right hand and fingers. A nerve specialist in Dallas confirmed on Tuesday what the Dodgers had already suspected.

Beckett was back in Los Angeles on Wednesday and feeling optimistic that he will return this season.

“Absolutely. I really do,” he said. “We’re going to try and beat this thing in the next four weeks, and if it takes a little bit longer but we have progression in those four weeks, we’ll wait a little bit longer. You really don’t want this to leak into next year, either.”

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