Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke became the latest player to go down with a calf strain this spring, leaving Thursday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks early. As reported by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Greinke threw just four pitches before departing with a mild strain of his right calf. The starter said he would just have to wait and see how the calf felt on Friday before he would know how bad it was.
Chase Headley and Josh Hamilton are both currently on the shelf with calf strains and are each expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Greinke's issue doesn't sound as problematic as those, but even just an absence of a week is most likely going to prevent him from starting in Australia. Despite fracturing his collarbone in a clash with Carlos Quentin early last season, the right-hander managed to pitch 177 2/3 innings with a 2.63 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. He has now been in the league for 10 seasons and has almost 1700 major league innings under his belt.
Manager Don Mattingly told Plunkett that Greinke might be able to get back on the mound in a couple of days, in which case he should still be able to make the trip to Australia. Plunkett points out that Greinke was lined up to make four starts before the trip, including Thursday's brief appearance. If the 30-year-old has to sit out for several days, putting his next spring start in question, it's unlikely he'll be able to get ready for a start in that opening series.
“How it feels tomorrow is the main thing,” Greinke said. “You can’t really just mentally make it feel good if it doesn’t feel good.”
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