Josh Beckett was able to throw on flat ground without discomfort from a strained groin muscle, something he couldn't do in Atlanta over the weekend. He is expected to throw off a mound before he's allowed to run.
Scott Elbert could be back with the club in a week. He will pitch three times in four days this week in the Minor Leagues, but his fastball velocity has increased in recent appearances to 90-92 mph, according to Mattingly.
Mattingly gave second baseman Mark Ellis a scheduled rest Tuesday night (Skip Schumaker started) and said he plans to rest catcher A.J. Ellis for Wednesday's getaway day game, with Ramon Hernandez catching in his place.