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Zack Greinke to make rehab start Friday, on track to rejoin Dodgers next week

May 9, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

Carlos Quentin,  Zack Greinke AP

When Zack Greinke fractured his collarbone during a benches-clearing brawl with Padres’ outfielder Carlos Quentin on April 11, he was originally expected to miss about eight weeks. However, he’s now on track to return well ahead of schedule.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Greinke will make a minor league rehab start tomorrow with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, just a shade under four weeks removed from his surgery. Assuming all goes well, he could make his return to the Dodgers’ rotation next Wednesday against the Nationals.

Greinke stretched out to 60 pitches during his most recent bullpen session on Tuesday, so he figures to throw somewhere in the area of 75 pitches tomorrow. It’s unlikely that he’ll be ready for a full workload if he’s activated next Wednesday, but the scuffling Dodgers will take what they can get.

Greinke, who joined the Dodgers over the winter on a six-year, $147 million contract, had a 1.59 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over his first 11 1/3 innings of work this season prior to the benches-clearing incident.

  1. buffalomafia - May 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Hurry it up! I need u for my fantasy baseball team! Lol!

  2. tfbuckfutter - May 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    He should do his rehab in Spain where he can learn how to dodge a charging bull instead of bracing his lanky body for impact.

  3. duckthefodgers - May 10, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Or maybe start drinking some milk Greinke.

    • moseskkim - May 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Duck u haha jk. Most anyone will get something broken when the linebacker/outfielder Quentin comes at u full speed. That’s why nfl players wear pads hehe.

  4. icanspeel - May 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM Padres minor league affiliate having a little fun with it.

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