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Zack Greinke injury: No timeline set for return

Despite a diagnosis, things are still very much up in the air regarding Zack Greinke's elbow, meaning the right-hander may miss his first start of the season.

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The Dodgers were more than happy to announce Monday evening that the test results on Zack Greinke's elbow revealed no structural damage, just some inflammation. But while the team has expressed optimism that the right-hander will need just a few days' rest, Greinke isn't so sure that he'll be ready to go by his first scheduled start of the season, reports Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:

"Anything that you are all writing, I think, is premature," Greinke said. "Nothing's 100% sure either way."

For the time being, Greinke is still scheduled to open his season against the San Francisco Giants on April 2, the Dodgers' second game. But that could change if the swelling in Greinke's elbow does not subside as the team hopes.

The Dodgers' $147 million man received a platelet-rich plasma injection on Monday, as well as some anti-inflammatory medication, but he's still unclear as to what caused the swelling in the first place and whether it's something that will crop up again over the season.

Manager Don Mattingly said that the club isn't going to put the right-hander on the mound again until they're sure he's ready. Greinke is scheduled to play catch on Friday and, depending on how that session goes, will eventually step things up to throwing bullpens and getting back into live action.

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