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.