Greinke, who broke his left collarbone during an altercation with Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin on April 11, pitched on Friday for the Dodgers’ Class-A team, giving up five earned runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Despite the rocky outing, Greinke is confident he’ll be
able to help the ailing Dodgers, who enter Tuesday in last place of the NL West, 7½ games behind the division-leading Giants.
“I won’t be in midseason form, but I feel I’m able to get guys out,” Greinke said following Friday’s start.
Greinke, who underwent surgery on April 13 and was expected to miss eight weeks, is 3½ weeks ahead of schedule.