Greinke is scheduled to make his next start Monday against the Rockies in Colorado, Shaun O'Neill of MLB.com reports. Much to the chagrin of Greinke's fantasy managers, the Diamondbacks' decision to add a fifth starter (Taylor Clarke) to their rotation Saturday in San Francisco will result in the ace missing out on a cushy two-start week. After turning in his eighth consecutive quality start in Tuesday's loss to San Diego, Greinke will now be challenged to keep that streak going when he returns to the hill at the hitters' haven that is Coors Field.
Greinke (6-2) took the loss against San Diego on Tuesday, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five. Greinke was rolling until the sixth, when a Manny Machado run-scoring single and a two-run homer off the bat of Eric Hosmer gave the Padres a lead they would not relinquish. On a positive note, the Arizona ace threw 98 pitches and showed no lingering signs of the abdominal tightness that forced him out of his previous start. He also became the fifth active pitcher to reach the 2,500 strikeout mark with a whiff of Franmil Reyes in the fourth inning. Despite the loss, Greinke extended his streak of quality starts to 10. He will carry his elite 2.89 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 67:9 K:BB into his next start in San Francisco on Sunday.
Greinke's abdominal MRI came back clean Friday, and he'll throw a bullpen session Saturday before the Diamondbacks determine whether he'll require a stay to the injured list, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Greinke departed Wednesday's start against Pittsburgh with abdominal tightness, but his MRI brought good news. Even if a trip to the shelf is needed, Arizona doesn't expect Greinke to miss more than two starts.
Manager Torey Lovullo said Greinke exited Wednesday's game against the Pirates with abdominal tightness, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. Greinke apparently suffered the injury on his final pitch of the day. The right-hander will undergo an MRI on Friday, after which the severity of the injury should clear up. Prior to exiting with the injury, Greinke had allowed just five baserunners (four hits, one walk) while striking out five across 7.2 scoreless innings.
Greinke exited Wednesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Greinke had just thrown his 91st pitch before calling for a trainer and subsequently exiting the game. The right-hander was stellar before being removed, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out five across 7.2 scoreless innings. Greinke will undergo further evaluation in the coming days, after which more should be known about the severity and nature of his injury.