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Beckett back to work; Greinke to start Monday


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers starter Josh Beckett took his work to the Minor League complex Thursday, pitching four scoreless innings of an intrasquad game.

Beckett skipped his most recent bullpen session but threw in the game one day earlier than usual. Manager Don Mattingly said Beckett, who has been lined up as the Dodgers' No. 3 starter, will get more time off at the end of spring.

Beckett struck out three and allowed three hits in the game, which was watched by Mattingly, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and general manager Ned Colletti, among others. He made 58 pitches.

In other pitching news, Zack Greinke returned to workouts after missing his start Wednesday with the flu. Mattingly said Greinke will completely skip a turn and start again on Monday. Greinke wanted to start Wednesday despite the flu. He missed his Sunday bullpen session because of forearm tightness.

Scott Elbert reported no issues with his surgically repaired left elbow one day after resuming tossing. He's hoping to be game-ready by the end of April.

Shawn Tolleson, who left Tuesday's game after experiencing a twinge in his left knee, tested it in a shortened bullpen session and said he couldn't duplicate the pain. He's been cleared to pitch an inning Friday.

Chris Withrow, who has been sidelined all spring with lower back pain, is back to throwing off a mound.

Paco Rodriguez recovered from the flu and returned to workouts.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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