With his status unknown for the better part of three days, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly finally announced that Zack Greinke will start tomorrow night at Dodger Stadium.
Sidelined for a month with a broken collarbone, the right hander will face the Nationals, who he is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA against in his career.
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com got the news from Mattingly this afternoon:
Zack Greinke starts for Dodgers Wednesday, Don Mattingly said.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 14, 2013
With news that starter Josh Beckett might hit the disabled list with an injured groin, getting Greinke back is huge for the Dodgers rotation.
The rotation ranks 12th in baseball with a 3.84 ERA, but have only pitched 210.2 innings, which ranks 22nd among the 30 teams.
Prior to his injury, Greinke was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and hopefully the injuries to the other starters didn’t make the Dodgers and him rush their decision in bringing him back.
However, regardless of how well Greinke pitches, the run support for Dodgers’ pitching has been poor at best. They rank 28th in runs scored while boasting the third highest on-base percentage in baseball as Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have significantly underwhelmed.
Greinke will match-up against southpaw Ross Detwiler as he looks to regain the form he had in the beginning of the season. Signed to a $147 million contract in the offseason, Greinke was expected to slot behind Clayton Kershaw and form one of the toughest pitching duos in all of baseball.
Chances are that Greinke will be on some sort of pitch count tomorrow night, but a solid performance will restore confidence that he’ll be back to his old ways.