“After today I probably need like five more starts,” Greinke said.
He’ll get one more. Unlike Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, he won’t scale back his pitch-count limit in his next start, which should fall next Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals.
“I’ve thrown enough,” Greinke said. “I should be ready. If I’m not, it’s not because of lack of innings — it’s just not getting ready fast enough. I should be ready when the season starts.”
Greinke allowed five hits, four runs — two scored on a dropped fly ball by Carl Crawford in left field — two walks and three strikeouts. He was pulled after reaching his pitch-count limit (76) with two outs in the fourth inning.
“I wasn’t pitching good that last inning or the inning before,” Greinke said. “It was pretty horrible.”
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke is still on target to start the second game of the season, April 7 against the San Diego Padres.
“I’m confident that he’s going to be ready,” Mattingly said. “It’s just at what level.”
The box score is here.
A couple more notes:
GLENDALE, Ariz. — An MRI on Brandon League revealed right posterior shoulder inflammation, and the Dodgers pitcher could be out for the next 12 weeks.
League visited with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and another doctor Friday, Mattingly said. He’ll be shut down for three weeks before he’s allowed to begin a throwing program.
Mattingly gave a broad timetable for recovery: “6 to 8, or 8 to 12″ weeks. “It’s an extended period of time,” he said.
League was already expected to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. A 12-week timetable for recovery could conceivably leave the Dodgers the option of placing him on the 60-day DL. That would open a roster spot for someone — including infielder Hector Olivera, who agreed to terms with the Dodgers on a $62.5 million, 6-year contract earlier this week.