Zack Greinke Scratched With Elbow Soreness

March 11, 2013 at 9:30 am | Posted in Scott Rolen, Zack Greinke | Leave a comment
Dodgers
Brewers
CF
Schumaker
RF
Aoki
2B
M.Ellis
SS
Segura
RF
Ethier
CF
Gomez
1B
Hairston
2B
Weeks
C
A.Ellis
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Uribe
LF
Davis
LF
Puig
C
Lalli
SS
Gordon
3B
Crosby
P
Ryu
P
Fiers

See that lineup over to the right, the group that the Dodgers are taking to Maryvale to face the Brewers today? For about three minutes after it was announced, it was Zack Greinke and not Hyun-Jin Ryu taking the hill, and we all breathed a sigh of relief that his right elbow discomfort might not be that worrisome at all.

And then… uh-oh. Minutes later, Greinke was scratched and is heading back to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache. Bill Shaikin reports that Greinke “experienced irritation” while throwing on Sunday, and the official Dodger Twitter handle tried to spin it as best as they could, saying “he does not feel 100% comfortable with his elbow, so out of abundance of caution he will undergo a precautionary exam.” Shaikin adds that Greinke has already had an MRI that “came back clean”.

It’s still not even St. Patrick’s Day, so I’m sure “an abundance of caution” is certainly part of it; after all, there’s no sense in risking injury so he can make a spring training start. Still, Greinke is scheduled to make his regular season debut three weeks from tomorrow against San Francisco, and considering he’s pitched just twice in spring, that’s not exactly a ton of time to stretch him out for that.

While it’s probably premature to think of right now — obviously, the concern is making sure this isn’t something more serious, though it was reported earlier that he did not have any ligament damage — it’s easy to see that this might be one avenue to alleviate the starting pitching glut for a short time. After all, the Dodgers have enough off days in the schedule that they barely even need five starters for the first half of April, so by placing Greinke on the disabled list to start, that would allow him more time to prepare while hardly opening up a hole that they couldn’t fill.

It’s too soon for that, though. Right now, we just need to hear that this isn’t something more serious. In the meantime, this is an opportunity for Ryu to prove himself again, since the Brewers have starters Norichika Aoki, Carlos Gomez, & Rickie Weeks in their lineup. Like yesterday, the game is only being broadcast by the other team, so it’s available via MLB.tv.

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Confusing report from Joel Sherman here:

It’s odd to me that if Scott Rolen really wanted to play and had a contract on the table from Cincinnati, he would have turned it down. I also can’t imagine that those deals were not guaranteed contracts, as Sherman indicates, unless he’s saying that $4m is not enough to meet Rolen’s asking price — in which case, he’s crazy.

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Update: so long, guys.

 

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