Should the Los Angeles Dodgers Be Concerned Over Zack Greinke's Elbow?

By Dan Parzych
(Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

With the 2013 MLB season right around the corner, expectations will be high for the Los Angeles Dodgers once again as they hope numerous offseason moves will pay off–especially when it comes to the acquisition of Zack Greinke. The Dodgers signed Greinke to a hefty six-year, $147 million deal in December after spending last season with the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels, but there may be a reason for the team to be concerned after this week.

Greinke was originally supposed to start for Monday’s game against the, but he was scratched at the last second after experiencing pain in his elbow and will now be examined by the team’s physician. While the team claims this type of checkup is just being done as a safety precaution, the Dodgers have every reason in the world to be concerned about their starting pitcher.

Greinke had one of his best seasons of his career in 2012 after finishing with a 15-5 record to go along with a 3.48 ERA. There was a bit of concern during the offseason as far as other teams like the Angels not making more of an effort to bring Greinke on board for the 2013 season and if this elbow injury does turn into a reason of concern–the last thing Los Angeles wants to do is regret giving Greinke that much money back in December if he’s not going to be able to live up to his true potential during the 2013 season.

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