His pitching line looked good. It was how the thumb felt that was the problem.
The one problem: He was scheduled to go four innings but had to exit because of a sore thumb that he originally injured in an accident with a clubhouse door.
The right thumb grew more sore as he continued to throw in a game eventually won 5-4 by the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz.
"It's just sore," Beckett said. "It's not getting worse, but it's not getting better."
Beckett, who's coming back from surgery to remove a rib that was causing nerve pressure and hand numbness, said he might have the thumb re-examined in the next few days. Beckett is not scheduled to go to Australia with the Dodgers for the season's first two games. And with the Dodgers not really needing a fifth starter until the middle of April, he's expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
Beckett said the thumb mostly bothered him when trying a curveball grip. Friday he threw mostly fastballs and changeups, though even they began to bother his thumb in the third inning.
The score was tied 1-1 on Friday when reliever
For the first time in nine years, Wright went to camp with a guaranteed contract. He pitched his way on to a team in each of the previous eight springs. Now he's struggling. In five appearances he has a 10.50 ERA.
He gave up four hits and recorded two outs in the sixth.