Zack Greinke was scratched from his scheduled start today due to a sore right elbow, but an examination by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles has ruled out anything serious.
The Dodgers just announced that Greinke was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his elbow. This confirms an MRI last week which found no structural damage. Greinke was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and anti-inflammatory medication while the hope is that he’ll be able to resume throwing after 2-3 days of rest.
While it would be better news if Greinke wasn’t hurting at all, the Dodgers can let out a sigh of relief following this diagnosis. Eventually the clock may work against him to be ready for the start of the regular season, but the Dodgers have plenty of starting pitching depth if he needs an extra week or two. After signing him to a six-year, $147 million contract over the winter, there’s no reason to push it.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.