GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitching prospect Ross Stripling is being sent off for a contrast MRI after he experienced discomfort in his right elbow.
"We're all hopeful it's not a torn [ligament]," Stripling said.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Stripling, in his first major-league camp, felt the pain five or six days ago and kept it to himself because he wanted to open some eyes. Stripling was ranked by ESPN’s Keith Law as the Dodgers’ No. 8 prospect. He was 6-4 with a 2.78 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga last season.
“Ross is a great kid, but it does go back to that same old thing that you see every spring,” Mattingly said. “Somebody doesn’t tell somebody and it winds up costing them more time than it needs to.”
Stripling pitched two innings in the Dodgers’ Cactus League game Wednesday. Mattingly said that, at a minimum, Stripling would be out of action for a week or 10 days.
In other injury news:
Zack Greinke, who strained his right calf Thursday in his first spring start, looks like he’ll be fine. Mattingly said he may play catch Friday and could throw a bullpen session Saturday, adding that he could still make one of the two starts in Australia, though that seems unlikely.
Matt Kemp had an MRI on his left ankle Thursday and Mattingly said results were sent to team doctor Neal ElAttrache and Kemp’s North Carolina surgeon, Robert Anderson. Mattingly said they’ll hear some time this weekend whether Kemp will be cleared to begin running.