After suffering from soreness and irritation in his right elbow, Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher Zack Greinke threw a bullpen session with catcher Drew Butera on Thursday. This comes after the right-hander played catch on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Greinke was scheduled to start against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, but was pushed back to Saturday so he would be throwing on two days of extra rest. Rest may be beneficial for Greinke, who leads the team with 157.1 innings pitched.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Greinke’s bullpen session left manager Don Mattingly optimistic about Saturday’s start:
I feel like Zack’s going to be fine on Saturday,” Mattingly said. “I don’t feel like it’s going to turn into long range.”
Although an MRI revealed no structural damage, Greinke doesn’t believe he’ll manage to pitch at 100 percent for the rest of the season. That being said, Mattingly stated he doesn’t think Greinke will spend time on the disabled list. The 30-year-old veteran dealt with similar elbow trouble in Spring Training of 2013.
This season, Greinke is 12-8 with a 2.75 ERA and was selected to the All-Star Game for the second time in his career.
Saturday’s scheduled start is at home against the New York Mets. Greinke is 1-1 against the Mets with a 2.84 ERA in three career starts. However, pitching at home may help the righty as he’s 6-2 with a 2.48 ERA this season at Dodger Stadium. Comparatively, Greinke is 6-6 away from Chavez Ravine.
With Greinke avoiding the DL for the time being, the Dodgers’ starting rotation may get another boost in the near future as Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to return shortly after being eligible to be reinstated from the DL.
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