Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Zack Greinke began his rehab assignment on Friday, May 10. Greinke threw 4.1 innings for the Dodgers' Class A Rancho Cucamonga. MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Greinke allowed 8 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and struck out 4 batters. While his line may not impress statisticians, the fact that Greinke pitched in a game so soon after surgery is a great sign. Greinke suffered a broken left collarbone during an April 11 bench-clearing brawl when the San Diego Padres’ Carlos Quentin charged the mound after Greinke hit him with a pitch. Quentin received an eight-game suspension, but Greinke went on the disabled list and needed surgery two days later. Greinke was expected to miss eight weeks, but this rehab start puts him well ahead of schedule. If team doctors agree, Greinke could return by mid to late May. Greinke admitted that he did not have his best Friday night, but that is expected after such injury. It will likely take a few more starts for Greinke to regain his form and velocity, but he feels that returning to the Majors will bring it back faster. Said Greinke, “I need the highest league to bring out the best stuff.” Losing Greinke has hurt the Dodgers. Entering play on May 11, the Dodgers are in last place in the N.L. West at 13-21. Their starting rotation is 8-11 with a 3.98 ERA. Greinke alone was 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA with the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. That impressive record helped Greinke earn a 6-year, $147 million deal with the Dodgers. His return could boost the team that is expected to win the division. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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