Dodgers Say Greinke Will Start Wednesday

LOS ANGELES ( — The Dodgers announced Tuesday that Zack Greinke will return to the mound at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday to start against the Washington Nationals.

Since Greinke went down with a broken collarbone in a melee with Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, the Dodgers have fallen into last place in the National League West.

Greinke did acknowledge that, despite his return, his collarbone is not fully healed yet.

“I don’t know how long it will take to be 100 percent crisp, but I feel good throwing all my pitches,” Greinke told “Stuff is coming out crisp, nothing is holding me back. I’m ready to go.”

The Dodgers will need to clear a roster spot for Greinke, and all indications are that fellow starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who injured his groin Monday in Game-1 against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium, is a strong possibility to go on the disabled list.

Beckett joins an inexcusably growing roster of injured pitchers this season, including Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Ted Lilly, Stephen Fife, and Greinke.

Greinke signed a $147 million contract with the Dodgers during the offseason, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts before the incident in San Diego.

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