Dodgers’ Josh Beckett is on the mend.

Josh BeckettJosh Beckett threw 15 pitches off the bullpen mound Saturday and will throw at least that many tomorrow or Tuesday as he attempts to return from a strained left groin.

The right-hander said he is “getting better” and “progressing every day” after he was forced to shut down his throwing program while the Dodgers were on a road trip to Atlanta.

“I was really sore [last Saturday] in Atlanta,” Beckett said. “I didn’t know what you push through. I had to learn that in Atlanta.”

After taking two days off, Beckett resumed throwing off a mound in Milwuakee and has been ramping up the intensity ever since. He’s also lifting weights and running.

Beckett was placed on the disabled list May 14. He is 0-5 with a 5.19 earned-run average this season.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.