Zack Greinke Returning Way, Way Ahead of Schedule?

greinke_dodger_debutZack Greinke will make his first rehab start since breaking his left collarbone tonight for Rancho Cucamonga in Lake Elsinore. (As you’ve probably heard, Scott Elbert will make his debut in that game as well, recovering from two elbow surgeries.)

That’s just under four weeks since he had surgery, and we’re already hearing rumblings that if tonight goes well, he may only need one rehab start and could be in line to start on Wednesday against the Nationals. That puts him on the same timeline as Matt Magill, which could make tonight’s Magill start against Miami the last we see of him for a while — and as much as I like Magill, that would be a very good thing.

Considering that the original diagnosis for Greinke was around eight weeks, or mid-to-late June, this would be a phenomenally quick recovery. Is it too soon? I don’t know, and neither do you; we aren’t doctors and don’t know the specifics of his health. We’ve heard that he’s already thrown two bullpen sessions of 60 pitches where he’s reached 90 MPH, and that all sounds great.

My hope, however, is that he’s nearly ready to come back because he’s nearly ready, and not because the team has lost seven games in a row. We’ve seen that be attempted and fail far too many times — looking at you, Matt Kemp from last year — and it’s the last thing this club needs.

As noted in an MLB.com story on the subject…

“I feel more than you would with a normal arm, but not anything major,” said Greinke, whose start on Friday would come at Lake Elsinore.

I’m cautiously optimistic, and I’m not trying to be the voice of negativity. But I also know that if there’s anything that could go wrong with the 2013 Dodgers, it will. Here’s to hoping Greinke is ready because he’s ready, and nothing more than that.

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JackedNate
JackedNate

What is best in life?

To Dinger my enemies, drive in runs who got on base before me, and hear the Lamentations of their fan base

Dbarone
Dbarone

Dude wtf..this is terrible news. SVS being called up is indicative of A-Gon going to the DL. Right?

Dang88
Dang88

Cruz "My locker says SVS"

Dbarone
Dbarone

DID SVS GET CALLED UP ? 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I think we can all agree that the real benefit of SVS call up is the Tony Aladdin picture has so much more meaning

Dbarone
Dbarone

Does anyone know what is happening today that Mike is eluding to ? 

NativeWharf (Hee-seop Choi fan club founder)
NativeWharf (Hee-seop Choi fan club founder)

It's my last day and apparently people like me. Just got my final check and I have WAY more PTO than I should. Also, coworkers baked me a cheesecake and cupcakes. I'm going for slice 2 of cheesecake right now.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

hearing that things are going to happen today. More to come.

AndyAlvarez
AndyAlvarez

That is by far the best Conan/baseball parody I've ever heard!!!

Jobu
Jobu

I thought they just acquired Hanely's brother A. Ramirez?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Wasn't this the answer when Conan was asked "What is best in life?"

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Dbarone  AGonz on the DL is terrible news. But thats just because we lose his bat. It is great news if it means he heals and gets better instead of making it worse (like he apparently did).

If AGonz to the DL, even more so management should be torn into. It went from a day to day injury to needing a DL stint because they didn't rest him when they had a suitable back up in AAA just waiting.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Dbarone  

Dbarone, our Dodgers have a top 10 list of players that can, or should be DFA'd.  I wouldn't assume AGon is going to the DL, that's a huge loss if so.  SVS can play the outfield, etc.  Actually, I think they could even send Elian Herrera back down.

TheConman
TheConman

@Dbarone  Agon should go to DL if hes hurt, but assuming he doesnt go to DL, wouldn't you want a real first baseman to be playing instead of Uribe and Cruz? There are other possibilities besides Agon to DL

Dang88
Dang88

@Dbarone  even if it was you want A Gon to continue to play hurt?

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

I lost it when I saw Conan say DINGERS!!

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

yeah gave up on that. I'm instead trying to report Bob on tax evasion, child pornography possession, heroin distribution, and parking in front of a fire hydrant.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@IBBFTW [ *.* ] I love that image now. Im just imagining Arnie running up to the plate to hit the ball