Zack Greinke's minor-league rehab start on Friday didn't yield an appealing stat line (eight runs, six hits, four strikeouts and no walks in 4 1/3 innings of work for High-A Rancho Cucamonga), but Greinke did complete his assignment without setback or discomfort. As such, Greinke, who has been sidelined since April 12 after breaking his collarbone during his now-infamous tussle with Carlos Quentin of the Padres, is angling to return to the Dodgers' rotation sooner rather than later. Here are the details from CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman:
positive dodgers news is greinke thinks he'll pitch weds. zack's rare mix of traits: pitcher w/ death wish is fast healer— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 11, 2013
That would be Wednesday, and that would be a matchup against the Nationals in Dodger Stadium. For their part, the Dodgers have yet to make an official announcement, but the organizational mood ring characterizes them as "sufficiently desperate."
Now, it's time to get ahead of ourselves ... If Greinke does indeed start on May 15 and then remains on regular rest moving forward, then he'd line up to start against the Padres on June 4 at home. Guaranteed to be anti-climactic for those dreaming of blood-soaked retribution!