The Los Angeles Dodgers took a $147 million risk with Zack Greinke, and it seems like he may be off to a rough start.
The pitcher returned to the Dodgers training camp on Tuesday after he met with the team's physician for some inflammation in his elbow, which kept him from one start.
He was given some anti-inflammatory meds and the ever popular platelet-rich plasma injection.
Greinke was asked about the injury and said:
"I didn't really know exactly what the problem is, and I still don't. They might, but I don't. I'm not a doctor, I'm just kind of going what they are saying to me. I don't have any definitive stuff to tell you guys. I don't know if it's the same problem as I've had in the past, and I don't know if it's a little different. Anything you all are writing is premature. Nothing is 100% sure. They know more about it than I do. What they're saying is probably accurate. Anything I tell you, I don't know anything about it. I'm just going by what they're telling me. They have a better plan on it than I do."
So, while Greinke doesn't have any clue about what's wrong with him, Don Mattingly does and said that he thinks the pitcher will be able to start his scheduled game on April 2nd. He reiterated, though, that if he wasn't ready, he'd sit out, and that he wouldn't push Greinke just because he said he thought he'd be ready.
The worst thing to do is make a player come back from injury before he is healed and ready to go, but it seems like whatever is wrong with him shouldn't take too long to work out.