Zack Greinke hasn’t sniffed the disabled list in over two years, but he was scratched from his spring training start on Monday with shoulder issues. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal if Grienke wasn’t a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers highest payroll in MLB heading into 2013.
The last time that Greinke was on the disabled list it was for a fractured rib prior to pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2011 season. Dodgers fans are going to be holding their breath as Greinke is leaving spring training to visit his doctors in Los Angeles. This stiffness was first reported on March 3rd and he would also miss his next start three days later due to illness. It has been an odd spring training for the Dodgers’ right-hander as he threw in a bullpen session on Friday where he appeared to be perfectly fine–manager Don Mattingly even said “if there is something serious going on that would be a shocker.”
While the injury might be a shocker, it would be an absolute surprise if the Dodgers starter misses any time this year due to Greinke starting 30 or more games five times in his career with a healthy history. Los Angeles decided to pitch Hyun-Jin Ryu instead who also has an incredible amount of expectations after signing a six year deal worth $36M this offseason.
We haven’t heard the last from Greinke, however if he is going to miss a bulk of time in 2013 the Dodgers may not be the favorites to win the NL West after all.