Royals' Greinke likely to make next start

CHICAGO | It’s looking more and more like Royals pitcher Zack Greinke will make his next start Tuesday, as scheduled, against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium.

Greinke tested his bruised right arm before Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox by playing catch with teammate Luke Hochevar in right field at U.S. Cellular Field.

“I just did my regular throwing (session),” Greinke said, “and it wasn’t too bad.”

Greinke was hit above the right elbow Thursday afternoon by a line drive off the bat of Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. The result was a nasty bruise that left an imprint of the stitches but nothing more.

Saturday marked the first time that Greinke has thrown since leaving Thursday’s game after the fifth inning. He was watched closely by manager Trey Hillman and pitching coach Bob McClure as he went through his routine.

As Greinke stretched out the distance, he removed a protective wrap from his elbow and continued. Afterward, everyone appeared pleased.

“No pain,” Hillman said. “Just a little swelling (remaining). He’ll have a short pen (today), and if he has no problems with that, we’ll slot him on his regular day against Boston.”

Greinke is 14-8 with a 2.14 ERA and on track for three more starts in his quest to become the Royals’ first Cy Young Award winner since David Cone in 1994. He is tentatively scheduled to close his season with two starts against the Twins; Sept. 27 at home and Oct. 3 at Minnesota.