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Zack Greinke scratched from start, headed to Los Angeles to have sore elbow examined

Mar 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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Uh oh.

Zack Greinke has been scratched from his scheduled start today and will leave Dodgers camp to have his sore elbow examined by the team doctor back in Los Angeles.

For now the Dodgers are saying it’s all merely precautionary, but Greinke was questionable to make the start to begin with thanks to forearm tightness last week that included elbow pain during a throwing session Sunday.

Greinke has been very durable throughout his career, starting an average of 32 games per season since 2008, including an MLB-high 34 starts last year. He’s in Year 1 of a six-year, $147 million contract.

  1. echech88 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Probably nothing serious but just another reminder how scary these contracts can be with pitchers.

    What am I saying, the Dodgers probably didn’t even blink.

    • coryfor3 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Yeah- these elbow pain things never turn out serious. It isn’t as if these situations often end in anything dramatic like having a surgery where they completely replace a vital ligament with one removed from your leg or a cadaver. I’m sure it’s no worry…

  2. asimonetti88 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Wish the Angels had been able to hold onto Greinke, but I don’t think he is worth $147 million. Dodgers still got a great pitcher though, the top of their rotation is stellar.

    • pellypell - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Yea, well he better learn to start throwing left handed, Dodgers are less than a week away from announcing he will need Tommy John.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Well, Dodgers fans probably hope not.

      • flosox - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        YEP!

  3. whitdog23 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    funny how these pains come up AFTER the contract is signed. smh

  4. flosox - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Dude’s toast…sorry, but true. Forearm and elbow pain are the first indicators of Tommy John; that’s where the ligament resides. He may be able to ride it out for a bit, but eventually its going to happen.

    Just do it now and be ready for next year.

    • flosox - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      correction…the new ligament sometimes comes from the same forearm. Had that confused.

      Thanks Google!

    • chacochicken - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Thanks Doc flosox,

      First time caller, It burns like fire when I urinate and smells like cooked ham. Could it be my prostate?

  5. markofapro - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I wish there was a like button on the comments here. Funny stuff.

  6. onbucky96 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Karma…The Dodgers will suck this year. Mark My Words…

    • dwdive - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Of course they will, just like last yr. You can’t take other teams over-paid castaways and expect them to suddenly turn it around and play lights out for your team. You also can’t put a price of chemistry, which the Dodgers don’t have. That Boston trade added to this Greinke contract = god awful management by the front office. Not to mention the Hanley trade on top of that. This team has killed itself with bad trades and god awful contracts. So much wasted money and resources and for what? A team that didn;t make the playoffs last yr and will miss again this yr?

    • gibbyfan - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      hope your right –would love to see it.

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