Zack Greinke‘s first regular-season start will be moved back indefinitely according to the Associated Press. The 2009 Cy Young winner joined the Los Angeles Dodgers this off-season, but has dealt with inflammation in his right elbow that shut him down in early March and could push back his first official start in Dodger blue.
The good news is, Greinke did return to throw 38 pitches in in the bullpen on Sunday.
“I’m assuming it’s going to be fine and that I’m on track,” Greinke told the Associated Press. “But I’m not sure.”
Greinke inked a six-year, $147 million dollar contract with L.A. this off-season to provide a much needed ace for the rotation. He earned this contract by showing stellar stuff during nine seasons in the major leagues, hurling for the Kansas City Royals between 2004 and 2010 before joining the Milwaukee Brewers from 2010 to 2011 and then the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. In his time before hitting the West Coast, Greinke finished in the Top 10 in strikeouts and win-loss three times.
However, no year of Greinke’s compares to his 2009 campaign, when he finished first in WAR, ERA and ERA+ en route to the Cy Young award with the Royals. The Dodgers hope Greinke can produce those kind of numbers in Southern California this summer and the club continues to closely monitor his progress.
”He felt good this morning,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday, via the Associated Press, also speaking on attempts to pitch later in the week. “We’re not sure just where, but we want to control the outing.”
Greinke is scheduled to pitch again Wednesday. The Dodgers open their regular-season schedule on April 1.