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Zack Greinke’s ahead of schedule in injury rehab — he’s pitching in a minor-league game Friday

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Saturday is the one-month anniversary of that big Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres brawl, the one in which Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke his collarbone crashing into Carlos Quentin.

Greinke was supposed to be out eight weeks after surgery. But Friday, surprisingly, he's pitching for the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. If all goes well, Greinke could be back with the Dodgers next week.

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Here's more from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Because Greinke resumed throwing soon after the operation, he didn’t lose much arm strength. He has already thrown three bullpen sessions, touching 90 mph with his fastball.

With Greinke throwing 60 pitches in his last bullpen session, he figures to throw about 75 pitches on Friday.

“I don’t know how I’d be throwing over 100 pitches, but throwing 50 to 75 should be pretty easy at this point,” he said after his bullpen session on Tuesday. “I’ve just got to get consistency and be able to get hitters out. That’s what I’m working on in the bullpen, making good pitches. You take some time off, you’re a little rusty.”

The Dodgers — who have pitchers Ted Lilly, Stephen Fife and Chad Billingsley on the disabled list — would certainly welcome the return of a healthy Greinke. They haven't won a game in May and are 7-17 since Greinke's injury. They're 13-20 overall, sitting in last place in the NL West.

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