"He threw five innings the other night," manager Don Mattingly said. "We feel like he's ready to pitch. We'd prefer him to be built up a little further, but he could help us."
Beckett, who was in slowdown mode earlier this spring because of his physical issues (rib surgery, thumb), essentially was in competition with veteran Paul Maholm for the fifth-starter role. Though, as long as Beckett was OK physically, he had the clear advantage.
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