Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches to a Milwaukee Brewers batter at Miller Park on August 9, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)
The Dodgers have elected to hold Zack Greinke out of his scheduled start Thursday to allow the ailing elbow on his throwing arm to rest.
Clayton Kershaw will take the mound against the San Diego Padres in Greinke’s place. The day off Monday means Kershaw will throw on his normal rest schedule.
Greinke’s dealt with the elbow issue for the last few weeks, but has optioned to pitch through it.
“It’s nothing wrong with the ligament. It’s just something that comes and goes,” he told reporters following a bullpen session Wednesday.
The team doesn’t expect the injury to land Greinke on the disabled list. He has compared his discomfort to that of a runner racing with a sore foot - it’s pain he can manage.
“I can pitch at 100 percent level but I don’t expect to feel 100 percent while doing it,” Greinke says.
The right-hander wouldn’t blame the injury on his recent struggles, where he’s lost four of his last seven starts. And, while he hasn’t pitched as well in the second half of the season as he did in the first, Greinke still have a very good 2.75 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 157 ⅓ innings.
He expects to start Saturday, and says he won’t treat it any differently than his previous starts this season.
“I can’t guarantee it’ll be good for here on out, but I don’t plan on having an issue with it,” says Greinke.