Essentially built to succeed behind their pitching, the Los Angeles Dodgers are closing in on running out of healthy starting pitchers. Paul Maholm was lost for the season to ACL surgery, Josh Beckett is battling a myriad of issues and Hyun-Jin Ryu has a strained right glute.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are concerned enough about some discomfort in Zack Greinke’s elbow that they scratched his between-starts bullpen session heading into Thursday’s outing.
The Dodgers haven’t confirmed any sort of injury or provided a diagnosis on the right-hander, but manager Don Mattingly acknowledged Greinke was dealing with soreness:
He was having some soreness and things like that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I guess you would have to say something’s come up medically, but nothing that’s hit our radar or on my daily e-mails [of injuries].”
Since earning throwing eight innings and striking out 13 against the Atlanta Braves on July 30, Greinke is 0-2 with 3.50 ERA in his last three starts. In his two most recent outings, both against the Milwaukee Brewers, Greinke managed to throw five and six innings.
Greinke remains on track for his scheduled start on Thursday, however recently acquired Justin Germano could be a contingency plan as he’s yet to pitch for Triple-A Albuquerque, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Greinke (elbow issues) still listed as Thursday starter. But Justin Germano, obtained Friday and sent to Albuquerque, hasn't pitched yet.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 20, 2014
Thus far, Greinke and Dan Haren have been the only starting pitchers who have managed to avoid the disabled list this season. With Beckett and Ryu ailing, the Dodgers have inserted Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez into the starting rotation.
Losing Greinke would place them in much more trouble given the lack of immediate reinforcements, aside from Germano. Stephen Fife, the most experienced pitcher in the minors, underwent Tommy John surgery.
More information on Greinke’s status is expected at some point on Wednesday. With just over one month remaining in the regular season, Greinke’s health will be something to monitor during the Dodgers’ pennant race.
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