LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Josh Beckett was on the field playing catch Thursday -- three days after having a cortisone injection in his left hip.
Beckett was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with left hip impingement, but manager Don Mattingly is encouraged by Beckett's recovery.
"Josh feels pretty good," Mattingly said. "Played catch up to 90 feet, felt good. We're hopeful that this time will allow the injections and all of that to take hold, and we'll be able to strengthen areas that he needs to and just kind of feel better in general."
Beckett's last two starts had been in doubt as he dealt with the hip injury. Right-hander Red Patterson had been on standby in Triple-A Albuquerque should Beckett not have been able to go. Mattingly said Patterson could get the nod when Beckett's next rotation turn comes up Saturday, but the skipper said he could also go with long reliever Paul Maholm, depending on how much action he sees in the first two games of the Padres series.
Mattingly said there's no specific timetable for Beckett's return but with the All-Star break looming, he's hopeful it will be a short absence.
"I think he knows what he's dealing with now," Mattingly said. "And the fact that he's been able to pitch with it to this point -- the pitching part is the part that's the easiest, it seems like. Everything in between is the tough stuff.
"Hopefully we can get any inflammation or soreness out of there during this time off and get him feeling good, and once we get him back, hopefully he's good for the year."
Crawford rejoins Dodgers, fine in backup role
LOS ANGELES -- The Carl Crawford of 10 years ago might not have taken the news well, but when manager Don Mattingly told the left fielder Thursday that he wouldn't be in the starting lineup in his return from the disabled list, Crawford understood.
"I talked to Donnie, and things have been going well for the team right now, so he pretty much said he's going to leave it like it is right now and kind of mix me in whenever he can," said Crawford, who was reinstated Thursday. "There's not too much I can say to that. Guys have been playing extremely well, got back in first place, so I just got to be ready for when my number is called, try to stay sharp enough to play well for when I do get into a game."
Crawford missed 40 games with a left ankle sprain, going on the disabled list May 28. A sore Achilles tendon slowed his rehab process, but he said Thursday that he is 100 percent healthy.
In his absence, Matt Kemp has started in left field, heating up with his bat as the Dodgers overtook the Giants for first place in the National League West.
Crawford, who was hitting .267 on the season, said he didn't want to ruffle any feathers in the clubhouse over playing time.
"This is a situation where we're winning, so you definitely don't want to be the guy who's complaining about dumb stuff," Crawford said. "I'm not that guy, so I'm just going to be cheering everybody on."
Mattingly said he's unsure how much playing time Crawford can expect to get, but he said the 32-year-old veteran has been accepting of the decision.
"I thought he would be," Mattingly said. "Carl's never been any trouble with anything."
To make room for Crawford on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers designated Clint Robinson for assignment.
• Utility man Chone Figgins, on the disabled list since June 14, fielded ground balls and took batting practice from both sides of the plate Thursday. Mattingly said the specifics of a rehab assignment have not yet been worked out. Though he was placed on the DL with a left quad strain, Figgins said the injury is actually a hip flexor strain.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.