The Los Angeles Dodgers may have avoided another injury to a starting pitcher, but they’re going to reshuffle the rotation in the coming days.

Zack Greinke, with his well-documented elbow issue, will not take the mound on Thursday as scheduled. Instead, Clayton Kershaw will take the ball in the series finale against the San Diego Padres with Greinke now set to start Saturday, the Dodgers announced:

Greinke was seen throwing at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon and with the adjustment, he’ll have gone seven days between starts. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Greinke underwent an MRI two weeks ago that didn’t reveal anything serious:

While Greinke is having his start pushed back, manager Don Mattingly doesn’t believe a stint on the disabled list will follow:

After playing for 20 consecutive days, the Dodgers have benefitted once again from Monday’s day off. Without it, and the Dodgers may have been forced to go in a different direction other than starting Kershaw on normal rest Thursday and following suit with Dan Haren Friday.

Next week offers another break for the Dodgers as they have Aug. 25 and Aug. 28 off, which could allow for more realignment with the rotation. Since striking out 13 in his start on July 30, Greinke has been underwhelming in his last three outings.

Greinke’s two most recent starts both came against the Milwaukee Brewers, who scored four runs off the right-hander when they faced him in Milwaukee. Greinke only took home a decision in one of the games (a loss) and managed to throw just 11 combined innings.

Should the right-hander manage to make a recovery and avoid serious injury, the Dodgers should get their starting rotation back to full strength once Hyun-Jin Ryu returns.
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