Zack Greinke Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Collarbone

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 12, 2013

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke suffered a fractured left collarbone Thursday night after fending off Carlos Quentin as the slugger angrily charged the mound, according to Dodgers.com.

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 14, at 7:15 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Dodgers' Twitter account, Greinke will make his return to the mound vs. the Nationals Wednesday night:

Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

Welcome back, Zack! Zack Greinke is expected to start in the series finale against the #Nationals tomorrow night.

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UPDATE: Saturday, May 11, at 1:35 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Greinke threw 80 pitches in his first rehab start at Class A and could return to the Dodgers as soon as next Wednesday, according to Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times:

Greinke figures to be pitching somewhere Wednesday, which would be his next regular turn. He said he'll wait to see how he feels Saturday morning.

Said Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, "We just kind of wait to see how he comes out of this. We'll see where he's at, make a plan after this. . . . If the doctors say he can pitch, we're going to let him pitch. We feel like his arm is going to be ready to pitch."

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UPDATE: Saturday, May 11, at 12:15 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Orange County Register reporter Pedro Moura, Greinke feels good about his return to the mound: 

Pedro Moura @pedromoura

Zack Greinke said he feels ready to start Wednesday for Dodgers: “I’m not gonna be in midseason form, but I feel like I can get guys out.”

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UPDATE: Friday, May 10, at 3:20 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

According to a report from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Greinke could return to the lineup as soon as next week, which would bring him back more than three weeks ahead of his initially projected schedule. 

Per that report: 

Greinke resumed throwing soon after his operation, which allowed him to maintain his arm strength. He has touched 90 mph in recent bullpen sessions.

With Greinke throwing about 60 pitches in his latest bullpen session, he expects to throw close to 75 pitches Friday.

"I don't know how I'd be throwing over 100 pitches, but throwing 50 to 75 should be pretty easy at this point," Greinke said this week.

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 9, at 8:17 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Orange County Register reporter Bill Plunkett, Greinke will begin his rehab assignment on Friday in Single-A:

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UPDATE: Friday, April 12, at 6:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Los Angeles Times reporter Steve Dilbeck, the Dodgers have called up Shawn Tolleson to take Greinke's place on the team's roster:

Steve Dilbeck @stevedilbeck

Dodgers call up Shawn Tolleson from triple-A Albuquerque, place Zack Greinke on 15-day DL; Tolleson likely until 5th rotation spot needed.

The Dodgers announced that his recovery window is eight weeks:

Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

Zack Greinke will undergo surgery to stabilize his left clavicle tomorrow. Greinke's expected return is eight weeks.

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Dodgers.com tweeted on Thursday:

Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

BREAKING: Zack Greinke suffered a fractured left collarbone.

Dodgers.com added:

Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

Per Mattingly: Zack Greinke will return to Los Angeles to see Dr. Neal Elattrache tomorrow.

The injury to Greinke came after a benches-clearing brawl against the San Diego Padres. Greinke beaned Padres outfielder Quentin in the shoulder with a pitch in the top of the sixth inning, and Quentin charged the mound.

This is a huge blow to the Dodgers right out of the gate. Los Angeles inked Greinke to a six-year, $147 million deal in December, hoping he could be a formidable No. 2 starter behind left-hander Clayton Kershaw in the rotation.

Greinke, who was named an All-Star in 2009, posted a 3.48 ERA. 1.20 WHIP and 200 strikeouts in 212.1 innings last season with the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels. That included a combined 15-5 record with both teams.

Greinke's first start this season with the Dodgers on April 5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates was a success. He allowed zero runs on two hits in 6.1 innings while notching six strikeouts in the 3-0 win. The right-hander was charged with two runs in five innings against the Padres on Thursday.

The Dodgers have gone 6-3 to start the 2013 campaign, but losing Greinke for an extended period of time figures to hurt the club, especially considering right-hander Josh Beckett has struggled in the rotation since coming over to Los Angeles in a blockbuster trade last August.

One thing's for sure: The rest of the rotation will have to step up with Greinke out.

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