04/13/2013 11:30 PM ET
Greinke undergoes surgery on collarbone
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke underwent a 90-minute operation Saturday to stabilize his broken left collarbone.
The club had announced that a less invasive rod would be used to stabilize the fracture Greinke suffered Thursday night in a brawl. Instead, a metal plate was used, indicating a more involved fracture, but the recovery time remains eight weeks.
The procedure at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles was performed by Dr. John Itamura and Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Greinke was injured when he was charged by Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who had been hit with a 3-2 pitch with the Dodgers leading by a run. That triggered a bench-clearing brawl, for which Quentin was suspended for eight games and Dodgers utilityman Jerry Hairston was suspended for one game. The suspensions have been appealed.
Capuano taking injured Greinke's spot in rotation
PHOENIX -- Chris Capuano will take over for the injured Zack Greinke in the Dodgers' starting rotation, beginning Tuesday night against the Padres.
Capuano, a 12-game winner for the Dodgers last year who was bumped from the rotation by the winter acquisitions of Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, got the call over Ted Lilly, who is still dealing with the aftermath of last year's shoulder surgery, but told the club he was ready to start Tuesday.
Capuano gives the Dodgers' rotation three left-handers (Clayton Kershaw, Ryu and Capuano) and two right-handers (Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley).
So far this season, Capuano has made two scoreless appearances in relief, striking out four in 2 2/3 innings. Until the final week of Spring Training, Capuano was used as a starting pitcher. His longest outing was six innings in a Minor League game on March 22.
"I don't think he's gotten away from being built up," said manager Don Mattingly. "Obviously, he's not going to throw 120 [pitches]. But he's been a guy who's made the most of the situation with his routine and jumping right in and staying on top of things and keeping sharp, and both times it showed."
Capuano said earlier this week that by focusing on his daily routine, he's been able to block out the drama and uncertainty of the Dodgers having five starting slots and eight starters, now down to seven with last weekend's trade of Aaron Harang.
"Through this whole thing, I hadn't been thinking big picture. I've been thinking about getting healthy," he said. "Like I said, it takes so much mental energy every day to come to the park. It's hard to stay physically strong. But when I get a chance, I want to be ready. That's where I've been putting my focus."
Capuano will be pitching for the first time since Thursday night, when he took over after Carlos Quentin broke Greinke's collarbone charging the mound after being hit by a pitch.
"I think in the stands there will be some hostility. I've even heard it here from some Dodgers fans that made the trip to Arizona. They go, 'Hey! What's going to happen on Monday?'" said Capuano. "But you know what? Donnie said it best, our focus is on winning ballgames. That's the best revenge. We're not out here trying to start fights or hurt anyone. Everyone understands the game, we want to be professionals."
Lilly's spot on Dodgers' packed roster still in question
PHOENIX -- Ted Lilly is in limbo.
The Dodgers told Lilly they want him to make two more rehab starts in the Minor Leagues. Lilly told the Dodgers, no thanks.
With Chris Capuano getting Tuesday night's start in place of the injured Zack Greinke, where does that leave Lilly?
"I don't know," said the 37-year-old lefty, who has made two rehab starts and believes he's ready to pitch for the Dodgers.
"We'd like him to go back out," said manager Don Mattingly. "I'll go as far as that."
Players must agree to rehab assignments. To remain on the disabled list, they're supposed to be injured. Clearly, Lilly wants to be in the Major Leagues. Clearly, the Dodgers don't have a spot for him now.
If he doesn't remain disabled and isn't activated, he can be traded or released. No taxi squad exists.
Lilly said he's willing to pitch out of the bullpen, "but that's not something they'd like me to do."
"I feel good about getting hitters out, left-handed hitters, right-handed hitters, starting, relieving, whatever it is," he said. "What happens from here, I'm not exactly sure."
Until the game in which he was injured last May in Arizona, Lilly was having the best season of his career (5-0, 1.79 ERA). And that was a carryover from the end of 2011, when he won five of his last six decisions.
Mattingly hopes to end Dodgers' struggles in the desert
PHOENIX -- With a former Dodger official as CEO and a former Dodger hero as manager, the Arizona Diamondbacks have put together a team that knows how to beat the Dodgers.
Derrick Hall, Kirk Gibson and Co. entered Saturday's game 11-2 against the Dodgers over the last 13 games, including six straight at Chase Field. Last year, Arizona was 12-6 against the Dodgers, 6-3 at home.
"Honestly, I can't really answer it," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "A couple of the games were low scoring, so give some credit to their pitching. This park is conducive to runs. Some games we've had leads we gave up late. They've got a good club. They're well coached. They play hard. They don't stop playing. But I can't answer why we've lost 'X' amount of games."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.