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Capuano to take Greinke's spot in Dodgers' rotation

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are replacing their $19 million man with a $6 million dollar option.

One day after learning Zack Greinke would be out at least eight weeks because of a broken collarbone, the Dodgers said left-hander Chris Capuano would take Greinke's spot in the rotation.

The Dodgers' other option was veteran Ted Lilly, who had shoulder surgery in September and is on a minor-league rehab assignment. Instead, the 34-year-old Capuano, who has made it clear that he would prefer being a starter, will replace Greinke.

Capuano will get this first chance on Tuesday to prove he belongs in the rotation when the Dodgers play the Padres.

Capuano threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game against Arizona and said he feels good and is prepared to contribute long term for the Dodgers.

"I'll try to go out there and help us not miss a beat," Capuano told the Los Angeles Times.

Capuano has made two appearances out of the bullpen this year and has yet to give up a run.

Greinke is expected to miss about 12 starts as he recovers from an injury suffered in a brawl against the Padres after he hit outfielder Carlos Quentin on Thursday night.

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