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Zack Greinke probably won’t be ready for Opening Day

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo strongly suggested that starter Zack Greinke will not be ready for Opening Day.

Greinke left Wednesday’s start with right groin tightness. He was able to play catch yesterday, but he won’t throw his usual bullpen session tomorrow or make his scheduled start Monday. Lovullo said that it’s not worth trying to press his recovery simply to make Opening Day:

“My mind-set is to not have him play catch-up [just] for one day during the season. We want to make sure he’s strong from Day 1 until the end of the season.”

Makes sense to me. It’s probably worth noting too that Greinke’s velocity, which had been down for a couple of starts, crept back up again before he left the game on Wednesday. There’s a chance that he was dealing with some dead arm and it’s not unreasonable to think that a skipped start and a bit of time off of his routine will help liven it back up again. Which is to say that, assuming his groin issue is not serious, it could be something of a blessing in disguise.

With Greinke on the shelf, Robbie Ray will likely start on Opening Day on March 29. Which is a nice reward for Ray, who pitched lights-out last year.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.