Dodgers will shut down Josh Beckett for four weeks.

Josh BeckettDodgers pitcher Josh Beckett has been diagnosed with nerve irritation and will not throw for four weeks.

Beckett was placed on the disabled list May 14 in part because of a sore groin, in part because of tingling and numbness in his right (pitching) hand. He met with Dr. Greg Pearl, a Dallas-based nerve specialist on Monday, who agreed with the team’s diagnosis of an irritated right ulnar nerve.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that his staff hasn’t discussed sending Beckett to the bullpen once he returns to health.

Beckett will be back with the team tomorrow to continue his rehab progression.

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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.