Zack Greinke already appeared to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a fractured clavicle, but now it seems as though he could be back as early as next week. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Greinke was due to start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday and there was the possibility he would be reactivated from the DL next Wednesday. Greinke's pitch count is already approaching something resembling a starter's, with him expected to throw up to 75 on Friday:
"I don't know how I'd be throwing over 100 pitches, but throwing 50 to 75 should be pretty easy at this point," Greinke said this week.
Greinke and rookie Matt Magill are on the same schedule, so it will be simple for Greinke to slot into Magill's place and start on Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals. If he did make his return, Greinke would have beaten the Dodgers' initial 8-week estimate by over three weeks. Hernandez reported that the right-hander has already been throwing 90mph in bullpen sessions and barring a setback on Friday, it seems as though a return next week is a strong possibility.
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