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Dodgers' Zack Greinke has inflamed elbow, shut down for a few days

March 11, 2013|By Bill Shaikin
  • Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws during spring training.
Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws during spring training. (Paul Sancya / Associated…)

PHOENIX — Zack Greinke has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow and will not throw for several days, the Dodgers said Monday afternoon.

Greinke received an injection of platelet-rich plasma and anti-inflammatory medication. An MRI examination last week showed no structural damage to the ligaments or tendons in the elbow, after Greinke initially reported discomfort there.

However, after Grienke complained of renewed irritation in the elbow Sunday, the Dodgers sent him to Los Angeles on Monday for examination by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The Dodgers and their medical staff did not order a new MRI test.

Greinke is expected to resume what the Dodgers called "a progressive throwing program" after two to three days. Greinke has pitched five innings this spring -- as compared to 13 for Clayton Kershaw -- and it was not immediately clear how Greinke's injury would affect his readiness for the season.

The Dodgers signed Greinke last winter for $147 million, the largest contract for a right-handed pitcher in major league history. In addition to Kershaw and Greinke, the Dodgers have Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly in camp as potential starters.

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