Zack Greinke is “a longshot” to be ready for Opening Day

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Zack Greinke’s sore elbow has made him “a longshot” to be ready for Opening Day, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Even if he avoids any further elbow problems Greinke is running out of time to have more than one or two spring training starts before the season begins. Two early off days on the schedule mean the Dodgers won’t need a fifth starter until April 13, so Hernandez speculates that Greinke could begin the season on the disabled list.

Not exactly how you’d like a six-year, $147 million contract to start out, but the good news at least is that Greinke has been cleared to resume throwing already and it doesn’t sound like the Dodgers consider his elbow problems to be serious.