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NL West Notes: Greinke has MRI, Taylor recalled

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The latest from around the NL West.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke had a shoulder MRI Friday after he was plagued by shoulder stiffness on Wednesday night, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Greinke didn’t join the team in Baltimore, according to Piecoro.

Greinke, 32, has struggled this season, pitching to a 4.37 ERA over 158.2 innings with the Diamondbacks. He was sidelined with an oblique strain earlier this season.

Since Greinke is still under contract for the next five years, Arizona will likely be cautious with regard to its approach. As a result, Greinke might not make his last two starts this season.

More from around the National League West:

  • Los Angeles recalled infielder Chris Taylor to give the club infield depth in advance of the final nine games of the regular season. He’s hit .218 over 29 games with the Dodgers.

  • The Giants didn’t overpay for starting pitchers last winter and should be rewarded for their off-season approach.

  • While Jon Gray didn’t pitch well with the Rockies in August, his slider has enabled him to have success throughout September.

  • Was Padres General Manager A.J. Preller acting too much like a scout? And was that what led him to overlook pertinent medical information?

  • Friday marked the five-year anniversary of the Diamondbacks clinching the NL West. Things haven’t gone very well since then.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Dodgers 87-66 —GB

Giants 81-72 6.0 GB

Rockies 73-80 14.0 GB

Diamondbacks 64-88 22.5 GB

Padres 64-89 23.0 GB