Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke paid a visit to a doctor on Monday after experiencing discomfort in his pitching elbow and was merely diagnosed with inflammation. But he is not out of the woods yet.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Greinke told reporters Tuesday in camp that he doesn’t “know exactly what’s wrong” with his elbow and can’t say for sure whether he’s going to be able to make his first scheduled regular-season start on April 2 against the visiting San Francisco Giants.
It has to be a frightening situation for the Dodgers, who signed Greinke to a six-year, $147 million free agent contract this offseason. The 29-year-old posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 200/54 K/BB ratio in 212 1/3 innings last season between the Brewers and Angels.
Clayton Kershaw is slated to start for the Dodgers on Opening Day — April 1 — against the Giants.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.