Zach Greinke has inflamed elbow, gets injection
Zack Greinke was scratched from his spring training start for
the Dodgers on Monday, went to Los Angeles and was diagnosed with
inflammation in the back of his right elbow.
The Dodgers said the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner was examined
by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and that an MRI in Arizona last week
”showed there was no structural damage to the ligaments or tendons
of the elbow.”
Greinke, signed to a $147 million, six-year contract in December
as a free agent, received an injection of platelet-rich plasma and
anti-inflammatory medication, according to the team. The Dodgers
said the right-hander will rest for two to three days and then go
on a progressive throwing program.
”I’ve seen (Dodgers president) Stan Kasten here and it sounds
like really positive,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ”He
had the MRI and there was nothing on it. You had to feel like there
was some tendinitis or something going on. I didn’t know what to
expect, but I knew it wasn’t anything major.
”(Greinke) tells you the truth. When he tells us the truth and
then it goes into when a guy signs a deal he signs it goes into
ultra-caution at this point in spring training,” Mattingly added.
So I think everybody is being cautious and he’s being truthful and
they want to make sure.”
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu replaced Greinke as Monday’s
The 29-year-old Greinke was 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA and 200
strikeouts in 212 1-3 innings last year for the Milwaukee Brewers
and Los Angeles Angels.
Mattingly said Greinke did not ask to be examined Monday, but it
was the club’s choice.
”Again, it’s to relieve your mind and maybe ours,” Mattingly
said. ”He just kept telling us he was feeling something. When that
happens, they are going to make decisions.”
Greinke has pitched five innings in two spring training starts,
missing one turn because of flu. He was sidelined for the first
month of the 2011 season because of a broken rib, an injury
sustained while playing pickup basketball during the offseason.
Mattingly said the medical staff would ”tell us what we need to
do” as far as Greinke’s throwing program.
”I’m assuming he’s going to be pretty close to what he was when
he left off,” Mattingly said.