Dodgers hoping Greinke can pitch vs Mets after son's birth
Jul. 24, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star pitcher Zack Greinke is still in the Los Angeles Dodgers' plans to start this weekend in New York against the Mets following the birth of his son on West Coast.
Greinke, who has a streak of 43 2-3 scoreless innings, was put on the paternity list Friday, a day after wife Emily delivered the couple's first child.
Greinke traveled from New York to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and Bode Nicholas was born that night.
"We're hoping that he's going to get back, but we're still not clear," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before Friday night's game at Citi Field. "He is going to pitch in this series, so we're just not clear if it's going to be tomorrow or Sunday."
"I think they're trying to get him on a flight right now," Mattingly said about 90 minutes before the first pitch.
Greinke was originally set to start Friday's game. He is approaching the major league record of 59 shutout innings by Orel Hershiser in 1988 for the Dodgers.
Greinke is 1-0 with an 0.75 ERA in two career starts at Citi Field.
The NL West leaders made the roster move with Greinke and called up right-hander Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Greinke can remain on the paternity list for three days.
Long reliever Ian Thomas made his first career start Friday night, filling in for Greinke.
Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson could wind up starting this weekend. Dealing with an irritated Achilles tendon that caused him to exit his last start after just 2 2-3 innings, he threw a bullpen session and took part in some agility drills Friday.
While Anderson said he felt ready to pitch Sunday if needed, Mattingly sounded a bit more cautious.
"The biggest thing for Brett, with me, is he's 100 percent healthy," he said. "If Tuesday gets him to the point where we're a little more sure, even though he feels really good, I'd rather be on the safe side."