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MLB Injury News:
The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping that platelet-rich plasma
injections along with anti-inflammatory medication help right-hander Zack
Greinke’s elbow recover to the point where he’ll be healthy in time for Opening
Day, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
The Dodgers have several former cases that point to the
success of the treatment Greinke is currently receiving. The plasma injections
helped reliever Takashi Saito in 2008, while right-hander Chad Billingsley’s
elbow also responded well and was able to avoid Tommy John surgery.
While the medical community isn’t sure whether the
injections work, they are not believed to cause further damage. For this
reason, the Dodgers feel comfortable giving the plasma a try considering it has
appeared to help other pitchers in the past.
The procedure involves drawing the patient's blood and, with
a centrifuge, separating the platelets, then re-injecting the concentrated
platelets into the involved area, according to Gurnick.
Greinke has been shut down due to irritation in the back of
his elbow. The cause hasn’t been determined, but if treatment goes well the
right-hander could resume throwing as early as Friday. Still, because he’s
dealing with an elbow issue, Greinke is considered questionable for Opening Day.
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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Informative Preamble to the Observations
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