Zack Greinke doesn’t know whether he’s going to be ready for his first regular-season start

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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.

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.