Invest a cool $147 million in the off-season into a starting pitcher and one of the first things he does is show up in spring training complaining that his elbow is sore, and an organization is allowed to hold its breath.
Dodgers, seems you can exhale.
Zack Greinke didn’t think the elbow tenderness was any big deal, but when a team is making that kind of an investment, precaution becomes the order of the day, and Greinke was temporarily shut down.
In his first game back, he gave up five runs on six hits in just three innings. More held breaths.
But Saturday against the Angels in the final spring game of the season, Greinke started to resemble his former Cy Young-self. In five innings, he held the Angels to one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out five, and then proclaimed himself ready, or at least close enough.
“I felt good today,” Greinke said. “I always like to have two or three good starts before you feel confident. But I’m ready to go.”