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Live discussion: Should Dodgers be nervous about Zack Greinke?

March 12, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

Join Times baseball columnist Bill Shaikin and reporter Kevin Baxter today at 10:30 a.m. as they discuss the sport in a live video chat.

One topic of discussion will be the sore elbow of Zack Greinke. As Shaikin wrote Monday,

"The Dodgers exhaled on Monday, after Greinke was diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. Manager Don Mattingly said he expects Greinke to be available for his first regular-season start April 2, although the Dodgers could grant him extra rest since they do not need five starters until April 13.

"Greinke complained of elbow discomfort last week, and an MRI did not show any structural damage. When he reported renewed irritation in the elbow while throwing Sunday, the Dodgers scratched him from his scheduled Monday start and sent him to Los Angeles to see team physician Neal ElAttrache, just to be cautious.

"When the guy signs the deal he signs, it goes into ultra-cautious," Mattingly said.

"ElAttrache did not order a new MRI exam, instead prescribing anti-inflammatory medication, an injection of platelet-rich plasma to accelerate healing, and two or three days of rest. Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Greinke would have to complete at least one bullpen session before returning to Cactus League action.

"Mattingly said the diagnosis should put Greinke at ease.

"It relieves your mind, and maybe ours," Mattingly said."

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