Greinke's return with Dodgers still uncertain
MAY 11, 2013 8:09p ET
“That’s what they told you guys,” said Greinke, laughing as he spoke to reporters Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
In fact, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ $147 million right-hander says he been ready to go for a while.
“I’ve been feeling good for over a week now,” Greinke said, one night after a rehab start for the Dodgers’ Single-A team in Rancho Cucamonga. “But there’s a difference between feeling good and being ready to pitch. I’m getting ready to pitch."
If he has a say in whether he’s back on the mound Wednesday night as the Dodgers host the Washington Nationals, count him as a yes.
“I think I can (contribute positively) right now,” added Greinke, who gave up eight runs — just three earned — in 4-1/3 innings against, ironically, the Padres’ Single-A team at Lake Elsinore. “I’m not going to be 100 percent by (Wednesday), anyway, but I’ll be close to it.
“Physically, in my opinion, I’ll be at 100 percent, yes. Pitching-wise and mentally I’ll be close to it, but it will be probably five starts until I’m 100 percent ready for that.
“I sure don’t want to wait that long.”
So, manager Don Mattingly, will Greinke close out the homestand for your team Wednesday night?
If the doctors give their approval, the answer is yes.
“It’s not going to be (Greinke’s) decision, though,” said Mattingly of the highly competitive Greinke, adding that the team would rather see him comeback while the team is at home.
“We’d rather have him take the risk of the whatever might happen while he’s pitching here,” said Mattingly. “I think we’d all like for it to be at (Dodger Stadium), but I’d also like him to be ready 100 percent.”
The manager also expressed some concern about his ace right-hander swinging the bat and fielding his position, but an ultra-confident Greinke said he has been swinging.
“I could swing 100 percent if I have to. You just go out there and play; not think about what could go wrong,” Greinke said.
Which might be a good lesson for his teammates to learn.
The Dodgers lost eight straight before a victory Saturday night against the Miami Marlins. At times, they have looked completely out of sync.
The Dodgers could use some of the positive influence a quick Greinke return might bring.