Injured Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke is slated to make his first minor-league rehab start Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers announced Thursday evening. And per the Los Angeles Times, Greinke would then be lined up to rejoin the rotation Wednesday, assuming no setbacks.
Greinke broke his left collarbone during an April 11 game in San Diego on a collision with Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who was charging the mound after being hit by a Greinke pitch. Initially, the Dodgers reported that Greinke was expected to miss around eight weeks.
So, obviously, this would be a rather astounding recovery. The injury was to the non-throwing side of Greinke's body, and he's been keeping his right arm in shape. In fact, the L.A. Times notes Greinke has thrown three bullpen sessions, the last of which was 60 pitches.
“I don't know how I'd be throwing over 100 pitches, but throwing 50 to 75 should be pretty easy at this point,” he said after Tuesday's session. “I've just got to get consistency and be able to get hitters out. That's what I'm working on in the bullpen, making good pitches. You take some time off, you're a little rusty.”
Greinke, 29, is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA through two starts in the 2013 season. He signed a six-year, $159 million contract with the Dodgers this past offseason.