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Ugly numbers, but Zack Greinke sounds ready

LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Zack Greinke pitched 4 1/3 innings at Class-A Lake Elsinore in a rehab outing Friday night. Though he gave up eight runs (three earned) and six hits, he said he expected to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers to pitch Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals.

"I'm not going to be in midseason form, but I feel like I can get guys out," Greinke told reporters on the scene.

The Dodgers now are confident Greinke can pitch without doing further damage to the collarbone he broke April 11. The issues might be hitting and fielding his position. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game he would activate Greinke even if it requires telling him to only bunt or take pitches when he is at the plate.

Greinke is returning 3 1/2 weeks ahead of the original timetable for his return. He had surgery April 13.