Greinke, however, apparently has been experiencing the soreness for some time. Manager
"He had an MRI like two weeks ago and it didn't show anything different than when we first signed him, so everybody felt good about that," Mattingly said. "We're just basically trying to take precautions."
Greinke seems to think the injury may linger, but is not serious enough to warrant the disabled list.
"It's nothing like a ligament. It's something that comes and goes," he said. "I can't guarantee it will be good from here on out, but I don't plan on having issues with it.
"I expect to pitch at a 100-percent level, but I don't expect to feel 100 percent."
Greinke mentioned some unspecified discomfort after his Aug. 9 start in Milwaukee, but took his regular turn Friday. He lasted only five innings, needing 99 pitches. He walked five but did not allow a run, and afterward said he felt stronger than in his previous start.
Still, the Dodgers figure the extra couple of days can only help. Mattingly said Greinke overcame similar elbow tenderness in the spring of 2013.
“He’s had some little elbow discomfort,” Mattingly said. “Basically, it’s like what he had in
The Dodgers have two off-days next week and then three more in September. Mattingly said Kershaw may next get an extra day between starts, though he was uncertain how Greinke would react to his brief reprieve. The Dodgers don't anticipate the injury will lead to the disabled list.
"If he keeps feeling like he's feeling now, I don't think he thinks it's a DL," Mattingly said. "I don't think anybody thinks it's a DL. The way our off-days are set, depending how each one goes, that will determine if we try to give him extra rest or not."
This, of course, has been a horrific year for pitchers' elbows. Someone seems to be having a Tommy John operation almost daily. Mattingly, however, seemed confident Greinke's situation was not nearly as dire.