The Los Angeles Dodgers season has been careening out of control. It’s like the season is stumbling around woozy, without direction, as if it was tackled off course. On Wednesday Zack Greinke is expected to make his first start since he thwarted a potential tackle on the mound, resulting in a broken collarbone in the ensuing collision with Carlos Quentin.
For a blatant attempt to injure a player, equal punishment should have been extended to Carlos Quentin. But keeping him in the Padres lineup ended up being a harsher punishement than holding him out for as long as Zack Greinke was injured. Quentin has been in and out of the lineup, and is batting only .176 on the season.
The Dodgers were 6-3 at the time Greinke was injured on April 2nd, but they’ve put together a miserable 9-18 record without the highly paid ace, barely good enough for fourth place in the division at 15-21.
One month is a pretty quick turn around for a broken collarbone. So it would be expected if he struggled a little bit in his return agains thte Nationals on wednesday. Even if his return is a little shaky, Zack Greinke’s return to the staff is a much needed boost. It will give confidence to the offense, and save the blunderous bullpen from too many innings on the mound.
At the start of the year the Dodgers were trying to decide which of their 8 starting pitchers they thought would be in the starting rotation. With injuries to Greinke and Chad Billingsly, trading Aaron Harang, and Chris Capuano struggling it has been slim picking for the Dodgers staff. The Dodger’s need you Zack Greinke.