Saturday, April 21, 2018
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D'backs lose ace Greinke to DL with strained oblique

PHOENIX — Zack Greinke has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in three years.

The Diamondbacks made the move Sunday after the ace right-hander was diagnosed with a left oblique strain. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday.

Greinke left Tuesday's game against the Phillies after two innings. The injury apparently occurred when Greinke hit a sacrifice fly.

Signed to a six-year, $206.5 million contract in the offseason, Greinke has a 3.62 ERA in 17 starts, including 2.18 in his previous eight before Tuesday's outing.

"With all the testing they did and him not feeling any better, he agreed that the best course of action is to go on the DL," Arizona manager Chip Hale said. "Hopefully, he'll be ready for us after the break. I don't know if it's realistic or not. That's what we're hoping right now."

Greinke said the injury has improved.

"It's getting better, but not ready for game action and more than likely wouldn't be in those 10-11 days before the All-Star break," he said.

Greinke said he had a timetable in his mind but wouldn't reveal it publicly "because if I am wrong it just looks stupid."

"Rest is how it heals," he said. "I guess it depends how bad it is. There are a couple of little things they do. Who knows if it actually helps, but you still do it in case it does help."

Runnnerup to Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta for the NL Cy Young Award last season, Greinke had made 106 straight starts since April 11, 2013, when broke his collarbone in a brawl with the Padres.

"It's important for us not to lose him for a long period of time," Hale said. "It would be only two starts if we could get him back after the break, which would be huge."

BLUE JAYS: 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion was suspended one game for making contact with umpire Vic Carapazza during an argument Friday. Encarnacion is eligible to play while he appeals.

CUBS: OF Chris Coghlan, a former East Lake standout, went on the 15-day disabled list with right rib cage soreness. Switch-hitting INF Jeimer Candelario was promoted from Triple-A Iowa.

DODGERS: After LHP Clayton Kershaw had a follow-up examination on his sore back, the team said it remains unsure when the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner will return. Kershaw said after his last start June 26 that he felt back stiffness, and he received an epidural injection and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Also, LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, sidelined since having shoulder surgery in May 2015, could return to the majors this week.

NATIONALS: RHP Joe Ross went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

PADRES: The team agreed to terms with Taiwanese RHP Wen-Hua Sung, its first deal with an Asian amateur. Sung, 19, is currently pitching for Taiwan under-23 team and attending National Taiwan Sports University and playing for the university team.

ROCKIES: RHP Tyler Chatwood, who has been out since June 18 with a back strain, is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Giants, manager Walt Weiss said.

WHITE SOX: 1B Justin Morneau, who has been out all season after elbow surgery in December, is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Charlotte today.

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