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Zack Greinke doesn’t know whether he’s going to be ready for his first regular-season start

Mar 12, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke paid a visit to a doctor on Monday after experiencing discomfort in his pitching elbow and was merely diagnosed with inflammation. But he is not out of the woods yet.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Greinke told reporters Tuesday in camp that he doesn’t “know exactly what’s wrong” with his elbow and can’t say for sure whether he’s going to be able to make his first scheduled regular-season start on April 2 against the visiting San Francisco Giants.

It has to be a frightening situation for the Dodgers, who signed Greinke to a six-year, $147 million free agent contract this offseason. The 29-year-old posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 200/54 K/BB ratio in 212 1/3 innings last season between the Brewers and Angels.

Clayton Kershaw is slated to start for the Dodgers on Opening Day — April 1 — against the Giants.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Uh oh!!

    • chill1184 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Uh oh is right

  2. onbucky96 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Karma. Can Doug Melvin win executive of the year already for getting 3 warm bodies for a now dead arm?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      So you’re angry that he took advantage of the system offered to bim to make more money?

  3. onbucky96 - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Not angry brewcrew, just tired of losing top talent in Milwaukee. Think I’d be used to it by now… Go Brewers.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      I know how ya feel but ya can’t be mad at the players ya gotta be mad at the system.

  4. sfm073 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    He’ll miss 2 years of the 6 year contract.

  5. rexloveshisfeet - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Oh man. I was planning on keeping him in my fantasy keeper league. Only two years left to go. Grienke was going to one of my guys. Might have to decide between Matt Moore or Aroldis Chapman. Got a week left to set my guys. Need some good news soon or I am going to get worried.

  6. blingslade - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Lemme see, this is Zack’s FOURTH team in 2 1/2 years and now he’s prolly unable to pitch for a big market team? Maybe this dude has been correctly labeled “unsteady” all along.

    Stupid Dodgers just weren’t paying attention.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      The 4 team things has nothing to do with his mindset. That is completley contractual.

  7. beastmode5150 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Hahahahahaha! Glad the mariners didn’t sign that fluke.

    • jyoung1891 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:26 AM

      Hmmm. A player who the fans love, but are continually frustrated by because he has trouble staying healthy? You might want to look at your own “screen name”.

    • coryfor3 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      The Mariners only make wise front office decisions, right?

  8. xjokerz - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Hey brew crew thanks for fielder. Go tigs

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      You should thank Victor Martinez for tearing his ACL.

  9. dr227 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    tommy. john.

  10. jm91rs - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Why all the Greinke hate? Getting shipped all over MLB isn’t his fault. He was a stud pitcher on a cash poor team (royals), got traded to a playoff ready team (brewers), traded to another playoff ready (they thought) team (Angels), and then when he finally became a free agent he cashed in. That’s how it works if you’re a good player and you keep ending up on re-building teams.

    The sore elbow is not at all related to his previous anxiety issues, so even bringing that up is idiotic.

    • professormaddog31 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Finally, someone with common sense.

  11. unlost1 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    he’s better than Lincecum

    • coryfor3 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      At what?

  12. coryfor3 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I’m not buying the “no big deal” reports coming out of L.A.
    He isn’t sure he’ll be ready to go. The Dodgers aren’t dealing their extra starters. He has a sore elbow. Yikes. See you in a year Zack. Good luck.

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