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Elbow soreness puts Zack Greinke’s next start in doubt

Aug 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Zack Greinke AP

Zack Greinke skipped his usual between-starts bullpen session because of elbow soreness and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly declined to say whether he expected the right-hander to take his next turn in the rotation Thursday against the Padres.

Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Greinke complained of elbow soreness following his August 9 start. He then tossed five shutout innings Friday against the Brewers, but Greinke walked a season-high five batters and needed 99 pitches to record 15 outs before the early exit.

Dodgers starters Hyun-Jim Ryu, Josh Beckett, and Paul Maholm are already on the disabled list, which is why they traded for veterans Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez as rotation depth.

Greinke has been brilliant this season with a 2.75 ERA and 170/35 K/BB ratio in 157 innings, giving him a combined 2.69 ERA in 53 starts for the Dodgers since they signed him to a six-year, $147 million contract.

  1. greymares - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    So we’re back to Cole Hamels for the holy trilogy.

    • lanflfan - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Not worth it. That isn’t slighting Cole Hamels, who is definite a #1 starter, but not worth it considering LA’s need for a long term 3B (Seager) and legitimate CF (Pederson). Plus I don’t trade 18 year old Julio Urias unless someone significantly overpays, the kid is pitching beyond his years.

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