UPDATE (July 23, 2:40 p.m. PT):According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Dodgers may have their right-hander on the mound this weekend:
Greinke pitching Friday is "unrealistic." But could be back in NY for Saturday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 23, 2015
The Los Angeles Dodgers have not announced their starting pitchers for their games on Saturday and Sunday after Brandon Beachy was optioned and Brett Anderson is dealing with injury.
Now, it appears the starter for Friday night’s game in New York, Zack Greinke, may not be the starting pitcher on Friday.
According to Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA, the right-hander is not currently with the team:
RHP Zack Greinke is not with team. He is with his wife, @Wilsysmommy, as they are expecting their 1st baby. It is unlikely he pitches tmrw.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 23, 2015
While Greinke will be experiencing the joy of his first baby being born, the Dodgers must find someone to give them innings against a struggling Mets offense. On such short notice, the team could decide to go with a bullpen game; however, the bullpen went multiple innings on Monday and Tuesday.
The Dodgers are already expected to make a move on Saturday to bring up a starting pitcher, possibly Zach Lee, and now could need to make another move on Friday. One player on the current roster that could fill the void is left-hander Ian Thomas, who was recalled on Monday. Thomas was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the Juan Uribe trade and has been working on becoming a starting pitcher in the minors after being a reliever with the Braves. He has started five games with the OKC Dodgers, but his last start came on July 2.
It will be interesting to see what the Dodgers decide to do should Greinke not return to the team in time.