15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
1 day ago

Greinke (oblique) will likely pitch in an Arizona League game Friday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander threw 40 pitches in a side session Tuesday, sitting down after the first 25 pitches to simulate a break between innings, and now appears set to return to live action with the team's rookie-level affiliate. Greinke was still experiencing tightness in his oblique as recently as 10 days ago, and his rehab schedule will likely be tentative moving forward, but right now a mid-August return is looking possible.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
2 days ago

Greinke (oblique) will throw an up-and-down bullpen session Tuesday and could go out on a rehab assignment Friday, FOX Sports Arizona's Jody Jackson reports.

EDGE Analysis

If Tuesday's throwing session goes well Greinke will either throw a simulated game or go out on a rehab assignment Friday. It is not clear if Greinke will be able to return after one rehab game or if he will require several, but an early-August return appears to be within reach.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
4 days ago

Greinke completed a 45-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale noted that Greinke came away from the session feeling strong, but the team has yet to decide if the right-hander is ready to begin the next phase of his rehab. Greinke has been bothered by the oblique injury since late June, so he'll likely need to make at least one rehab start in the minors before the Diamondbacks consider activating him from the DL.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
1 week ago

Greinke (oblique) is expected to throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since the injury, FanRag Sports' Jack Magruder reports.

EDGE Analysis

He left his start on June 28 with the oblique injury, and it took a little over three weeks for him to get back on a mound. There is no timetable for him to head out on a rehab assignment or throw a simulated game, although if Wednesday's session goes well, the team should start mapping out the next steps in his recovery. At this point an early-August return seems like the most likely scenario.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
1 week ago

Greinke (oblique) played catch Tuesday and is unlikely to return for next week's series against Milwaukee, Jack Magruder of Fanragsports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While manager Chip Hale said the possibility exists that Greinke could return during Arizona's series against the Brewers, it's highly unlikely that he'll be playing before next weekend. Due to the team having already extended Greinke's return date from July 25, there's no reason to believe they'll want to rush their ace's return to the rotation.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
2 weeks ago

Greinke is still feeling tightness in his oblique when he throws, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Diamondbacks had circled July 25 as a target date for Greinke's return, but manager Chip Hale said Saturday that a return during the Milwaukee series is now unlikely given the right-hander's lack of progress. Oblique injuries can be especially problematic for pitchers and the team will probably want to get Greinke to the point where he's completely pain-free before returning him to active competition.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
2 weeks ago

Greinke (oblique) played catch Thursday from 60 feet and the team is targeting a return for July 25-26 against the Brewers, the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has finally resumed throwing, albeit only for eight minutes from 60 feet, but the fact that the team is openly targeting a return before the end of the month is encouraging. The Diamondbacks' rotation is in rough shape, as Shelby Miller was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week and Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) has not yet progressed to throwing a bullpen session, so they could use Greinke back as soon as possible. A Monday start in Milwaukee on July 25 sounds like the best-case scenario for Greinke's return to the big league rotation.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
2 weeks ago

Greinke (oblique) isn't throwing yet, but is progressing through his rehabilitation.

EDGE Analysis

Greinke doesn't yet have a targeted return date, but will be eligible to come back on July 15. There will likely be more updates on Greinke's oblique injury and timetable once he is able to resume throwing activities.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
3 weeks ago

An MRI confirmed that Greinke has suffered an oblique strain, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.

EDGE Analysis

Greinke was sent for an MRI on Saturday, but before the team disclosed the results, he was placed on the disabled list. The results of that MRI are now in, and they effectively confirm what the team had anticipated all along. Look for the right-hander to return to the Arizona rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

15DZack Greinke
SP ARI
3 weeks ago

Greinke was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday with a left oblique strain.

EDGE Analysis

Greinke has been dealing with oblique tightness since early this week, but the team had delayed making a concrete decision on the DL up until Sunday. The first day Greinke is eligible for reinstatement lands during the All-Star break, so look for the Diamondbacks to wait until at least July 15 to activate their ace. If all goes well during the time off, Greinke would presumably take the mound during the three-game series against the Dodgers that begins July 15. Unfavorable MRI results could delay that, however.