Zack Greinke was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his right elbow Monday after being scratched from his spring training start for the Dodgers.
The team said an MRI last week on the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner “showed there was no structural damage to the ligaments or tendons of the elbow.”
Greinke, signed to a $147 million, six-year contract in December as a free agent, received an injection of platelet-rich plasma and anti-
inflammatory medication, according to the team. The Dodgers said the right-hander will rest for two to three days, then go on a progressive throwing program.
“The fact that he’s not here is a little bit of a concern,” manager Don Mattingly said before the Dodgers played Milwaukee. “Listening to Zack, he can pitch with this. I know we’re being really cautious.”
Greinke was 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 2121/3 innings last year for the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels. He has pitched five innings in two spring training starts, missing one turn because of flu.
ORIOLES: Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis had an MRI and hopes the neck spasms that he has been coping with since March 3 aren’t anything serious.
CARDINALS: Manager Mike Matheny had surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.
Before leaving the team Sunday, he said he expected to be back at spring training for Thursday’s game against Atlanta in Jupiter.