It’s gone from “creeping concern” to “being pushed back 2 days” in less than a week. You probably don’t need to be told to worry. Dan Haren has arguably been the worst starter the Dodgers have pitched, at all this season. Kevin Correia was given up on by the Twins. Hyun-Jin Ryu’s glute feels bad. Josh Beckett might be forced to retire. Fausto Carmona is probably the second best starter on the Dodgers right now. Which. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Despite all this the Dodgers always had Clayton Kershaw, the best starter in the major leagues, and Zack Greinke, one of the best #2 starters of the last decade.
Now? Well that’s not looking so hot, considering that Greinke is having a barky elbow, and apparently it feels a lot like it did last spring. Now granted, the endpoints are selective, and it’s not like an elbow was the only thing bothering him (hi, Carlos Quentin), but the fact that when Greinke was working back from injury last year, he could only muster 57 innings pitched, a 3.79 ERA, and a .740 OPS against in his first 10 starts is really, really worrisome considering the discomfort is reportedly similar to last spring.
And if that’s not enough, Greinke, the most honest ballplayer I’ve ever seen has stated that he’s probably not going to be 100% the rest of the season.
Ultimately, with Stephen Fife operated on, the organization having no faith in Zach Lee or Chris Reed (justifiably so), Red Patterson being bad, this gives the team a high chance of having to start Kevin Correia or Roberto Hernandez in an important September or God forbid, October game and that’s a scary proposition for the Dodgers.