Zack Greinke will make his first rehab start since breaking his left collarbone tonight for Rancho Cucamonga in Lake Elsinore. (As you’ve probably heard/files/includes/,.css Scott Elbert will make his debut in that game as well/files/includes/,.css recovering from two elbow surgeries.)
That’s just under four weeks since he had surgery/files/includes/,.css and we’re already hearing rumblings that if tonight goes well/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css that would be a very good thing.
Considering that the original diagnosis for Greinke was around eight weeks/files/includes/,.css or mid-to-late June/files/includes/,.css this would be a phenomenally quick recovery. Is it too soon? I don’t know/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css and that all sounds great.
My hope/files/includes/,.css however/files/includes/,.css is that he’s nearly ready to come back because he’s nearly ready/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css but not anything major/files/includes/,.css” said Greinke/files/includes/,.css whose start on Friday would come at Lake Elsinore.
I’m cautiously optimistic/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css it will. Here’s to hoping Greinke is ready because he’s ready/files/includes/,.css and nothing more than that.