GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' fifth, sixth and seventh starting pitchers were in action on the Minor League side Tuesday morning.
Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm and Stephen Fife each pitched two innings. They've each been on restricted throwing programs, Beckett because of last year's surgery to remove a rib, Maholm because of recent elbow tenderness and Fife as a precaution because of last year's shoulder bursitis.
Beckett said he continues to have no relapse of the finger numbness that led to thoracic outlet surgery. This was the second time this spring he faced hitters, but last time most of them were merely tracking pitches. He said it was beneficial to see how hitters were reacting to his pitches. He expects to pitch in a game in five days.
Maholm expects to do the same, as long as he comes out of this with no discomfort on Wednesday. This was the first time he sat down and warmed back up this spring.
The Dodgers won't need a fifth starter until the middle of April and, if healthy, it figures to be Beckett. If not, it figures to be Maholm, although Fife made 10 starts last season.
Kemp may get green light to run this weekend
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rehabbing Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp will have an MRI exam on his left ankle on Friday that might determine when he can start running.
If surgeon Robert Anderson gives the green light, Kemp will add running to a program that already includes hitting, throwing and fielding ground balls. Even so, time is running out for him to appear in the field in any Cactus League games.
Kemp is attempting to return from a career-threatening injury to the weight-bearing talus bone in his left ankle, a stress reaction and cartilage chip. The repair surgery included a microfracture procedure to produce additional cartilage-like substance for extra protection to the bone.
The tricky part of Kemp's comeback is that if he returns too soon, the bone can be damaged permanently, and there is no way to accurately predict when the bone is fully healed.
That is why his rehab during Spring Training has been overly conservative, and also why the club is not preoccupied with the prospect of having too many outfielders.
Kemp was injured sliding into home July 21 after getting a late break from third base on an infield grounder. It was originally diagnosed as a sprain and the damage to the talus bone showed on an MRI during his rehab.
Kemp will open the season on the disabled list, his sixth visit there since May 2012. Prior to that, Kemp was an iron man, at one stretch playing in 399 consecutive games. He's also returning from his second shoulder operation in as many seasons.
Dodgers announce spring radio schedule
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers will broadcast 15 Spring Training games on AM 570 FOX Sports Los Angeles and eight games in Spanish on Univision America 1020.
The English-language radio broadcast will be led by a combination of Rick Monday, Charley Steiner and Nomar Garciaparra. Monday is entering his 22nd season as a Dodgers broadcaster and 30th overall with the organization, including the former outfielder's eight seasons as a player. Steiner enters his 10th season as a play-by-play announcer for the team. Garciaparra, who enters his first season with the Dodgers as a broadcaster, played three seasons for Los Angeles during his 14-year Major League career.
Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez and legendary Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela will call the action in Spanish for the Dodgers. Jarrin enters his 56th season in the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio booth and Yniguez will begin his 16th. Valenzuela enters his 12th season calling games for the Dodgers after a 17-year playing career.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.