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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Zack Greinke has start pushed back to rest elbow

By on 8/21/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Diego Padres last night by the score of 4-1. Even with the loss, the Dodgers sit at 71-57, three games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The Dodgers have been carried by a staff that is 5th in the Major Leagues in ERA. There is a bit of concern on the injury front, as pitcher Zack Greinke had his start pushed back from tonight to Saturday to rest his ailing elbow.

I reported yesterday that Greinke,  who has been dealing with a sore elbow for the past three weeks, may miss his next scheduled start. He has not been throwing off the mound between starts as of late, preferring to throw on flat ground to ease discomfort in his elbow.

An update on Greinke, as reported by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, is that he will get extra rest this week in hopes it will keep his sore elbow from landing him on the disabled list.  Greinke will start on Saturday against the New York Mets, meaning he'd have a full week off between starts.  There is no indication that the extra rest will help.
“I expect to be able to pitch at 100 percent level. But I don’t expect to feel 100 percent while I’m doing it.”
Although Greinke isn't overly concerned, manager Don Mattingly is concerned that Greinke doesn't feel 100 percent.
 "It’s also something that he had a little bit of last year and he was pretty good. He’s been good this year. I think it’d be a lot more concern if they saw some damage or something like that or anything changes. That’s not happening. … If he keeps feeling like he’s feeling now, I don’t think he thinks it’s a DL. I don’t think anybody thinks it’s a DL.”
Greinke, in his 11th Major League season, is 12-8 with a 2.70 ERA. In 157 1/3 innings, he's struck out 170 and walked only 35.  The two-time All Star and 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner, has pitched for the Royals, Brewers, Angels and Dodgers and has a career record of 118-90 with a 3.57 ERA.

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