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Diamond Cuts: Pitcher Injuries in LA

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, PES, LAT). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Zack Greinke

The impact of the Dodgers-Padres brawl will effect Los Angeles significantly more than San Diego after it will revealed Greinke suffered a fractured left collarbone that ultimately required surgery to mend. While both players are culpable in the fight, Greinke's absence will be felt much longer than Carlos Quentin's 8-game suspension. The rod inserted into the shoulder removes any randomness out of the healing process, ensuring the two pieces form a complete and properly aligned union. However Greinke will still require an extended stint on the disabled list as he spends the next few weeks basically waiting for bone to grow. He should begin throwing relatively early in recovery but will be closely monitored to prevent any biomechanical alterations that could lead to another more serious injury down the road. He will be able to maintain his conditioning allowing Greinke to return quickly, once the bone has mended. The initial eight-week timeline seems real

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