Elbow soreness puts Zack Greinke’s next start in doubt


Zack Greinke skipped his usual between-starts bullpen session because of elbow soreness and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly declined to say whether he expected the right-hander to take his next turn in the rotation Thursday against the Padres.

Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Greinke complained of elbow soreness following his August 9 start. He then tossed five shutout innings Friday against the Brewers, but Greinke walked a season-high five batters and needed 99 pitches to record 15 outs before the early exit.

Dodgers starters Hyun-Jim Ryu, Josh Beckett, and Paul Maholm are already on the disabled list, which is why they traded for veterans Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez as rotation depth.

Greinke has been brilliant this season with a 2.75 ERA and 170/35 K/BB ratio in 157 innings, giving him a combined 2.69 ERA in 53 starts for the Dodgers since they signed him to a six-year, $147 million contract.

Blue Jays sign Danny Espinosa to minors deal

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Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.

Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.

Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.