LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke’s ailing right arm is structurally sound and the Houston Astros continue to be optimistic he can contribute again at a certain stage this postseason, manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday morning, hours before Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
Greinke, who has not pitched since Game 1 of this wild-card series eight days past, threw about 15 pitches off the level ground at reduced intensity following Tuesday’s 5-2 triumph within the Oakland Athletics, then spent years conversing with Astros pitching coach Brent Strom.
When the Astros win Wednesday and progress to their fourth successive AL Championship Series, they will have three days off until the beginning of the next round at Petco Park in San Diego. But Baker also did not eliminate the chance of Greinke beginning in the ALDS in case it gets prolonged.
Greinke, 36, has not finished six innings because Sept. 8 and contains a 5.79 ERA over his previous four starts. Baker said after Tuesday’s match that Greinke is coping with”a while in his arm” but did not go into further particulars.
The disease is part of why the Astros gave the Game 3 beginning to Jose Urquidi, which has allowed just eight earned runs on his previous 30 1/3 innings.
“I am hoping we win today’s match and then we will have a couple of days off to rehabilitation and attempt to feel better before following [around ],” Baker explained. “But we must win this match “