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Zack Greinke to rest for 2-3 days due to elbow inflammation

Mar 11, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

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Zack Greinke was scratched from his scheduled start today due to a sore right elbow, but an examination by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles has ruled out anything serious.

The Dodgers just announced that Greinke was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his elbow. This confirms an MRI last week which found no structural damage. Greinke was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and anti-inflammatory medication while the hope is that he’ll be able to resume throwing after 2-3 days of rest.

While it would be better news if Greinke wasn’t hurting at all, the Dodgers can let out a sigh of relief following this diagnosis. Eventually the clock may work against him to be ready for the start of the regular season, but the Dodgers have plenty of starting pitching depth if he needs an extra week or two. After signing him to a six-year, $147 million contract over the winter, there’s no reason to push it.

  1. dodger88 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    A few months ago I had never heard of platelet-rich plasma injection and now 2/5 of the Dodger rotation has had it done. Argh!

    • kiwicricket - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      To the best of my knowledge, it’s either eating some sort of herbaceous plant, or a strange sex act.

  2. westcoastredbird - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Hey Zack the meltdown has begun! Good luck with the pressure of that contract.

  3. blingslade - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Is this the same Zack Greinke that said he’d prefer not to pitch for big market teams?

  4. jkaflagg - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    As Dodger owner Mark Walter once said, “pitchers break”……

  5. dickclydesdale - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Typical big leaguer of these times, signs for over 100 million & cashes those checks on the disabled list, would not be surprised if he needs tommy john surgery. Blame the stupid GM’s & owners!

  6. dyk88 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Kind of a silly comparison, but this is why I don’t like to waste early round picks on pitchers in fantasy baseball. They are so much more risky!

  7. iamjimmyjack - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    2/3 days after an injection? I think that is a bad idea. Give this guy 2 to 3 weeks…no need to rush. Same with Crawford. These games are meaningless until April.

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