Don Mattingly confirms Zack Greinke will return Wednesday

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed to reporters this evening that Zack Greinke will return from the 15-day disabled list to start at home on Wednesday night against the visiting Nationals.

This according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Greinke has been on the shelf since fracturing his left collarbone in a wrestling match with Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin on April 11. He surrendered eight runs — three earned — over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a rehab start at Triple-A Rancho Cucamonga, but his clavicle is healed and the Dodgers are desperate.

Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this past offseason after posting a 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 200/54 K/BB ratio across 212 1/3 innings (34 starts) in 2012 between the Brewers and Angels.

The Dodgers are 9-18 in his absence (not including tonight’s result).

Steven Souza Jr. injured his left knee

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Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.

When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).

The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.

Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.