The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ new star pitcher gave the team a scare on Monday when he was scratched from his spring training start. Last week, Zack Greinke‘s right elbow was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache after the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner mentioned irritation there. Greinke’s Cactus League start was then pushed back to Monday before he was scratched while flying back to Los Angeles from Arizona. The original MRI in Arizona showed “no structural damage” in the elbow and the diagnosis in Los Angeles was inflammation.
That diagnosis is somewhat of a good sign considering the team first feared Greinke might have a serious injury. A scratched start in spring training in the last a team wants from a new player who just signed a six-year, $147 million deal. Greinke was arguably the top pitching prize in free agency this offseason and he chose to stay in Los Angeles while switching teams and leagues.
Greinke went from one high-spending LA team to another as the Dodgers outbid the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim for his services. Assuming this inflammation doesn’t turn into something serious and he can stay healthy, the Dodgers are hoping Greinke can turn in another Cy Young Award-caliber season and lead LA’s National League team deep into the playoffs.