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Zack Greinke scratched from start with illness

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Greinke, who skipped a bullpen session Sunday with elbow soreness, would have been limited to 45 pitches had he started on Wednesday. Stephen Fife starts in Greinke's place.

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Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday against Team Mexico at Camelback Ranch due to illness. It is believed to be the flu, and something that has affected more in the Dodgers clubhouse.

Stephen Fife, who was originally slated to travel to Goodyear to pitch in relief against the Indians, will instead stay in Glendale and start in Greinke's place against Mexico.

Manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday morning that had Greinke started, he would have been limited anyway as a precaution from skipping Sunday's bullpen session with elbow soreness.

"We'll keep him at 45 pitches today because of the little stuff with the elbow the other day," Mattingly said. "We don't want to extend him."

Hyun-jin Ryu starts for the Dodgers against the Indians, and both Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will make the trip to Goodyear. Honeycutt was originally scheduled to stay in Glendale to watch Greinke. Ryu is slated to throw roughly 60 pitches on Wednesday.

Paco Rodriguez is also out sick with the flu, and stayed home on Wednesday. Starting pitcher Ted Lilly had the flu on Sunday, one day after his wife and children had it. That pushed Lilly back in the rotation from a scheduled appearance Tuesday to starting Friday against the Giants in Scottsdale.

In other rotation news, Mattingly said he would split up Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano, who had pitched in the same game for each of their first two appearances. Billingsley will start Thursday vs. Texas at Camelback Ranch, while Capuano starts Friday night against the Reds, also in Glendale and the second game of a day-night split squad doubleheader.