This is what spring is for, all this getting in shape and testing out of new things. Trouble for Zack Greinke and the Dodgers is, that is supposed to happen early in spring, not its final week.
But set back by an inflamed elbow, the $142-million man made just his third start of the season Monday and his first since March 1.
It did not make for the prettiest of outings, Greinke allowing five runs on six hits and three walks in his three-plus innings in the Dodgers’ 8-2 loss to the Royals in Surprise, Ariz.
Results, of course, are hardly the most important thing for Greinke at the moment. What’s important is simple health, and reports are he came out of his outing with his elbow still attached.