After a four-inning rehab appearance last night at Class-A Lake Elsinore, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke is slated to pitch Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium against the Washington Nationals.
Greinke pitched 4.1 innings allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out four and didn’t issue a walk. Greinke was pitching well in his first two starts, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.59 ERA while striking out 10 in 11.1 innings.
Greinke spoke to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com about how he felt after the outing:
“I am,” Greinke said when asked if he was ready to be activated. “I won’t be in midseason form, but I feel I’m able to get guys out.
“I just have to get my right arm ready. I’ll definitely head somewhere. I can’t say [where] without talking to somebody. I’m sure they’d rather me pitch better than the results. I felt I pitched OK. Get the lights of a Major League game and it’s different, you step up another notch.”
His return will be a welcome addition to a depleted Dodgers rotation that has seen Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano join Greinke on the disabled list this season. What once was one of their biggest strengths, the Dodgers rotational depth has been tested as Stephen Fife and Matt Magill have made cameo appearances this season.
While the initial prognosis was that he would miss a minimum of eight weeks, Greinke has been sidelined for exactly one month and hopefully he didn’t rush his comeback.
Entering tonight the Dodgers are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak and find themselves in dead last in the NL West. It’s gone from bad to worse with the Dodgers and hopefully the return of Greinke will spark the team to turn things around.