While the Dodgers are busy concerning themselves with Zack Greinke's elbow, another one of their pitching stars had to be scratched from a game. Josh Beckett was scheduled to pitch today, but he was a late scratch due to the flu.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Beckett threw on some back fields so that he could get some work in. Fortunately, the scratch was due to illness and not injury.
Josh Beckett has been scratched from his start with the flu. It will be a bullpen day.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 18, 2013
Beckett joined the Dodgers as part of the blockbuster trade from July of last year. The Red Sox sent him and others to the Dodgers essentially to dump payroll. Beckett has been a streaky pitcher in his career, but when he's on, he's fantastic. The Dodgers are hoping to see more of that Beckett this season.
Last year, Beckett went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA in seven starts with the Dodgers. He finished the 2012 season with a 7-14 record to go along with a 4.65 ERA overall.
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