Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke is surprisingly slated to make a rehab start tomorrow at Class-A Lake Elsinore. Greinke broke his collarbone when Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound after he was hit on the left elbow April 11 in San Diego.
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times broke the news first:
Sources: Zack Greinke will start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga tomorrow in Lake Elsinore. #Dodgers
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 9, 2013
Greinke underwent surgery to repair his collarbone days after Quentin tackled him and was expected to miss about eight weeks. Prior to the incident, Greinke was lights out with a 1-0 record and a 1.59 ERA while striking out 10 in 11.1 innings.
With so many injuries, the Dodgers pitching staff has a 4.21 ERA, which ranks 22nd in all of baseball and rank 24th with 13 wins.
It’s truly remarkable what the injury did for the Dodgers as starters Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly subsequently got injured as the rotation depth deteriorated. At 13-20, the Dodgers need all the good news they can get and with a tough stretch of games starting next week, Greinke’s addition would be a major boost.
Outside of Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers starting pitchers have been dreadful as the team has significantly underperformed.
It isn’t known how many rehab starts he’ll need, but the Dodgers shouldn’t rush back their offseason prize to help make-up for their awful start.
The news certainly is surprisingly and hopefully Greinke’s strong start won’t be hindered by his collarbone injury.