Zack Greinke will make his first rehab start tonight for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, just a mere four weeks removed from having shoulder surgery for a broken clavicle.
If all goes well in his minor league start, Greinke will likely return to the Dodgers rotation on Wednesday when L.A. hosts the Washington Nationals.
His return could not come at a better time as the Dodgers are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and trail the first place Giants and Diamondbacks by 5.5 games.
Greinke suffered the injury in a highly contested play in which Carlos Quentin charged the mound on April 11 in San Diego. Greinke sustained a broken left collarbone in the skirmish when he tried to fight the much larger and stronger Quentin.
The Dodger pitching staff ranks 24th in the majors with a 4.21 ERA and only 13 mins. A healthy Greinke should improve those stats dramatically and will give manager Don Mattingly another Ace pitcher to help get Los Angeles out of an early season hole.