The plan with Zack Greinke

May, 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are facing the Miami Marlins and trying to snap a seven-game losing streak Friday, but you could argue that their most important game is happening about 70 miles southeast of Dodger Stadium.

Pitcher Zack Greinke is scheduled to throw around 75 pitches for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in a game at Lake Elsinore. If all goes well, Greinke could be back to pitch for the Dodgers as early as Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. That would be more than three weeks ahead of the original timetable after he broke his collarbone in a fight with San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin.

The final obstacle is swinging a bat. So far, Greinke has hit off a tee only. Mattingly said that if he still has some pain when he attempts to take batting practice, he would consider sending Greinke into games with instructions to either bunt or take pitches.

"If the doctors say he can pitch, we're going to let him pitch," Mattingly said.

Greinke had surgery April 13 and has thrown two 60-pitch bullpen sessions, with the Dodgers clocking him at 90 mph at one point.

The Dodgers haven't been shy about letting players return from injuries quicker than the doctor originally outlined. Hanley Ramirez was supposed to miss 6-8 weeks after April thumb surgery, but returned after five. He strained his left hamstring five days later and now could be on the disabled list for another month or more.

Here are lineups for Friday's game:

1. Juan Pierre LF
2. Adeiny Hechavarria SS
3. Placido Polanco 3B
4. Justin Ruggiano CF
5. Greg Dobbs 1B
6. Marcell Ozuna RF
7. Derek Dietrich 2B
8. Rob Brantly C
9. Jose Fernandez RHP

1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Nick Punto 3B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Matt Kemp CF
5. Andre Ethier RF
6. A.J. Ellis C
7. Skip Schumaker 2B
8. Dee Gordon SS
9. Matt Magill RHP

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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