Greinke scratched from start due to flu

Greinke scratched from start due to flu

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who skipped his Sunday bullpen session with minor forearm tightness, was scratched from Wednesday's exhibition start against Mexico's World Baseball Classic squad because of the flu.

Stephen Fife, who was scheduled to relieve Greinke, started in his place.

Greinke, who signed for $147 million during the offseason, was scheduled to make only 45 pitches as a concession to the forearm tightness he felt after his previous start Friday. Greinke told the club he had experienced similar discomfort in years past and was not concerned that it was serious.

Greinke reported to Camelback Ranch on Wednesday hoping to start, but was scratched two hours before game time. He is one of several Dodgers to be stricken in recent days. Last week, third baseman Luis Cruz received intravenous fluids at a local hospital after experiencing stomach problems.

Ted Lilly missed two days of workouts and was scratched from a Tuesday game appearance because of the flu. Lilly threw a bullpen session Wednesday and is expected to start Friday.

Reliever Paco Rodriguez missed practice Wednesday with similar symptoms.

In other medical news, reliever Scott Elbert resumed playing catch for the first time since his second elbow operation in January, and Chris Withrow threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since being shelved with back problems since the start of Spring Training.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.