Before the game, two scouts were debating whether Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke would risk swinging the bat in his return from a broken left collarbone.
One expressed doubt, but the other, possessing a better working knowledge of Greinke, chuckled at the idea the pitcher would hold back.
"He's got a bigger ego about hitting than he does about pitching," the scout said.
Sure enough, Greinke's first at-bat Wednesday night came in an important situation -- two outs in the third inning, a runner on third and the Dodgers leading the Nationals, 1-0.
Was Greinke swinging? Of course he was. And on a 1-1 count, he lined an opposite-field RBI single off Nats' left-hander Ross Detwiler, delivering the second run in the Dodgers' eventual 3-1 victory.
Greinke had grimaced after swinging through the previous pitch, admitting later it felt "uncomfortable." But not to worry. He also swung and missed while striking out in his second at-bat, and said he fe...