Most of the Dodgers’ pitching focus this spring has been elsewhere.
Chad Billingsley’s elbow, Clayton Kershaw’s hip, Hyun-Jin Ryu and the great unknown, Zack Greinke being the $147-million new guy, where Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang will ultimately fit in.
And then there’s Josh Beckett, former ace, sort of hanging around at the back of the rotation, presumed fifth starter.
Beckett, 32, made his first appearance of the spring Tuesday in the Dodgers’ 8-8 tie with the Giants at Camelback Ranch, throwing two nice innings.
Beckett went a combined 7-14 with a 4.65 ERA last season, which seemed a long way removed from his 20-7, 3.27-ERA season of 2007. Manager Don Mattingly had at least expressed some concern about the number of innings (nearly 1,900) Beckett has thrown as he prepares to start his 12th major-league season.