February 8, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers are planning to start Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in their season-opening series in Australia, Manager Don Manager intimated Saturday. Mattingly stopped short of officially naming Kershaw and Greinke his starters for the two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But when pressed on the matter, Mattingly said: “Kersh is our No. 1 guy. That's not hard to say. Zack kind of lines up right there right next to him.” The series is scheduled for March 22-23, which falls about a week earlier than recent season openers.
October 14, 2013 |
Zack Greinke could start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on three-days' rest if the Dodgers were to lose Monday night, Manager Don Mattingly hinted. Mattingly acknowledged that the Dodgers' rotation could change based on the results of Game 3. For now, Ricky Nolasco is listed as the Game 4 starter, which will be played Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Nolasco, who pitched poorly in his last three regular-season starts, was skipped in the division series. That time, Clayton Kershaw pitched on short rest in Nolasco's place.
March 12, 2013 |
PHOENIX - A day after he was examined in Los Angeles, Zack Greinke said he still didn't know what was causing the discomfort in his elbow. “I guess I didn't really know what the problem was,” Greinke said Tuesday. “I guess is I still don't. They might. But I'm not a doctor. I'm just going with what they're saying to me.” Greinke said he knew little about his elbow, including whether he'll be able to make his first scheduled start of the regular season on April 2. “I don't know that either,” Greinke said.
April 13, 2013 |
Say one thing about the Dodgers post-Zack Greinke, they're being decisive. One day after learning Greinke's broken collarbone would keep him out at least eight weeks , they announced Saturday that left-hander Chris Capuano would move into his spot in the rotation. That's the best move for the long term, the other choice being Ted Lilly, who hasn't demonstrated his previous sharpness while in rehab from shoulder surgery. Capuano was not-so-privately upset at having to morph from starter into do-everything reliever.
December 3, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - Ned Colletti declined to reveal many details on the Dodgers' pursuit of Zack Greinke but said that his team hasn't presented offers to any free agents. “We try to line things up and push things to the point that it's in their court to engage us in a serious negotiation,” Colletti said. “Unless you're willing to walk away from somebody, you can't really force that. “When you're prepared, if you like the fit here and want to be a Dodger, tell us and we'll sit down and we'll start.
September 30, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Texas -- If this was Zack Greinke's last start for the Angels, he gave them the shirt off his back. In the fifth inning, that is, and only because they asked. Of the two jerseys hanging in his locker on Sunday, Greinke picked the one that misspelled his last name. He took the mound wearing "Grienke" on his back, and the Angels finally noticed and gave him a replacement jersey halfway through the game. “I didn't care,” he said. “They wanted me to switch it.” On the other hand, he gave up all four runs with "Grienke" on his back.
April 17, 2013 |
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, in his first comments since undergoing surgery to repair a broken collarbone, said he regretted not alerting catcher A.J. Ellis to a history of ill will between Greinke and San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. The history dates back to 2009, when Greinke played for the Kansas City Royals and Quentin played for the Chicago White Sox. When Greinke hit Quentin with a pitch last week, Quentin hesitated, then charged the mound. Ellis, believing there would be no incident after the hesitation, could not restrain Quentin before the Padres slugger threw Greinke to the ground and injured him. Greinke said he apologized to Ellis for not advising him of the potential for trouble.
April 5, 2013 |
And that's why Zack Greinke owns a $147-million contact and you don't. Greinke made his Dodgers' debut Friday, and made it memorable. He demonstrated what the Dodgers saw in him when they signed him to that record six-year deal. He seemed in control every second on the mound Friday. Threw nothing but zeroes and retired 18 of the first 19 batters he faced. His season opener held back by a sore elbow this spring, Greinke was dominant in the Dodgers' 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 40,607.
March 30, 2013 |
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.
September 28, 2013 |
Good news, there's good news to be found on the Dodgers: Zack Greinke looked sharp in his final start of the regular season. Bad news, yeah, some of that too. A little too much perhaps. Despite Greinke's strong outing, the Dodgers fell to the Colorado Rockies, 1-0, Saturday night as their offense again fell flat in front of 52,879 at Dodger Stadium. The bad news started even before the first pitch, when the Dodgers ran out to their positions to start the game … and there was no Matt Kemp.