Zack Greinke Will Return to Mound vs. Nationals on Wednesday

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Zack Greinke Will Return to Mound vs. Nationals on Wednesday
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been without starting pitcher Zack Greinke for over a month with a broken collarbone, but the 29-year-old ace will return to the mound on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. 

The team's official Twitter account confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon:

Greinke hasn't pitched since April 11, when he and San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin grabbed headlines in the sixth inning. Pitching to Quentin on a 3-2 count, Greinke plunked Quentin in the right shoulder, and the outfielder charged the mound in what led to a bench-clearing brawl between the two clubs. 

Greinke broke his collarbone in the process, taking on the charging Quentin with his left (non-throwing) shoulder. 

The news couldn't come at a better time for Dodgers fans.   

L.A. was 6-3 at the completion of the April 11 win over San Diego, but since then, injuries and poor play have started to mount. The Dodgers are just 9-19 since that game and will boast a meager 15-22 record heading into Wednesday night's showdown with the Nationals.

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The team also lost eight straight games to open up the month of May before finally breaking through against the Miami Marlins on Saturday. 

Greinke will hopefully provide a spark that has clearly been missing in the rotation since he has been sidelined with the injury. Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu have been bright spots so far (eight wins between the pair) but the rest of the rotation has been lacking, lowlighted by Josh Beckett's winless start (0-5). 

The former Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers ace was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA at the time of the injury and holds career marks of 92-78 and a 3.75 ERA. He'll face a tough test on Wednesday night when the Nats are in town for the final matchup of a three-game set. 

Greinke signed a massive six-year deal with the team in the winter that could be worth up to $158 million if he meets all the incentives (h/t Los Angeles Times).

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