May 15, 2013
Zack Greinke was off to a strong start after signing his six-year $147 million contract in the off-season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first two starts in April, Greinke was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA, two runs allowed and 10 strikeouts.
Unfortunately, his start to the season only lasted two games as on April 11, Greinke got into a fight with San Diego’s Carlos Quentin after hitting him with a pitch, subsequently breaking his collarbone in the melee.
Greinke required surgery and was slated to miss a couple of months, but to everyone’s surprise, Greinke was way ahead of schedule in his rehab and made his comeback in four weeks.
A day after Clayton Kershaw recorded his 1,000th career strikeout, Greinke made his highly anticipated comeback against the Nationals as the Dodgers were struggling to get anything going to begin the season and were 10-19 with Greinke on the sidelines.
Greinke didn’t miss a beat as he was as sharp as ever and led the Dodgers to a 3-1 win as he secured a series victory. He went on to allow just one run on five hits in 5.1 innings pitched, five weeks removed from a broken left collarbone. He finished with four strikeouts and zero walks on 83 pitches.
Greinke showed no ill-effects from his injury as he showed excellent command of all his pitches and was able to mix his speeds very well to keep hitters off-balance. He was exactly what the Dodgers needed at the time and he went on to have a great first season with the Dodgers.
Here are highlights from Greinke’s first start since breaking his collarbone: