Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke may miss his scheduled Monday start due to continued elbow discomfort, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Greinke was originally slated to pitch four innings or roughly 60 pitches, and be followed by five innings or approximately 75 pitches from Hyun-jin Ryu.
If Greinke can't start Monday against the Brewers in Maryvale, Ryu would presumably start in his place.
"Doctors have ruled out serious injuries such as ligament damage," wrote Gurnick, who called the move precautionary. "Greinke has told the club he's dealt with similar elbow issues in the past that never kept him from missing a start."
Greinke skipped a bullpen session on Mar. 3 with elbow discomfort, something manager Don Mattingly referred to later in the week as "the little stuff with the elbow the other day."
Greinke was also scratched from his last start on Wednesday with an illness, but then impressed with a bullpen session on Friday. Mattingly stood in the batters box during Greinke's session on Friday.
"He looked really good in there. He didn't look like there was anything wrong with him," Mattingly said. "The lateness of movement of a couple of his change ups, it was like bam, they're hard and in, and it's gone. It was almost like a two-seam sinker, Belisario-type. So you know those are going to get guys outs. Then there were certain fastballs when he gets to certain spots, I know guys aren't going to be able to hit those."
The injury to Greinke isn't the only one affecting the starting rotation, as Gurnick also reported a sore groin muscle for Chad Billingsley, who is scheduled to pitch a simulated game against minor leaguers at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday's off day.
This came after Mattingly said Sunday morning his starting rotation would begin to take shape.
"We'll still be trying to build up eight guys, but it's harder to do in games here," Mattingly said. "If everybody is healthy, then there are some tough decisions to make."
The decisions will still likely be tough, but as of now everybody isn't quite healthy.