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Don Mattingly essentially rules out Zack Greinke as option to pitch in Australia

Mar 3, 2014, 10:32 PM EST

Zack Greinke AP AP

Zack Greinke left his spring training debut last Thursday due to a strained right calf and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times today that he’s unlikely to be ready for the team’s two-game opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia from March 22-23.

Greinke played catch today, but it’s not clear when he’ll be ready to get back on a mound. Realistically, there just isn’t enough time for him to get stretched out to 90 pitches in time to make the trip.

Of course, Greinke wasn’t all that excited about pitching in Australia in the first place, so it shouldn’t be a big deal as long assuming he’s ready to go at the end of March or close to it. It still looks like he has a chance to do that.

  1. toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Wishes do come true!

    • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Well, Greinke’s a star who wished upon himself.

  2. calicokiller49 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    That’s convenient. Greinkes a chick.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      He’s actually a hard nosed ballplayer, not that an anonymous, misogynistic jackass whose high point in life are Thumbs Up on a sports blog would be able to identify that.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      I don’t know why you hate vaginas, but you should know most people not only don’t share your hate — they think they are awesome. So, you just run along and take that vagina-hate somewhere else. Maybe there’s a pirate ship or something you can get on where you can avoid contact with vagina — and more importantly, spare vagina from putting up with your hate. Meanwhile, Greinke is a man and I’m sure he pitches a hell of a lot better than you, Mr. Fabric Killer (ooh, scary!).

      • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        I dunno about that. I’ve seen art that was too vaginal.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Chicken.

      • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Well yeah. Those things have teeth in them.

  3. chill1184 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Thats a nice spring training uniform that the Dodgers have

    • tonyz6060chevy - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Maybe nice uniforms but , bad luck for the dodgers so far .Kershaw looks like a MORTAL so far and ,Greinke get hurt ,and who knows about Crawford and Kemp. Not looking good at all. it looks like the Diamondbacks have already taken the Australia series!

      • stercuilus65 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Kershaw…mortal? LOL be quiet earthling!

  4. earpaniac - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Probably safer this way. Someone might have thrown a wallaby at him on the mound.

  5. luvbrew - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Stupid to play meaningful games that early anyways!!

  6. dinofrank60 - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Do us a favor, Donnie. See if you find a way to hold back kershaw, too.

    -Dodger fans

    • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      But even Donnie won’t be able to hold back Luca Brasi.

      • dinofrank60 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        Let me worry about Luca

        – Ned Colleti

  7. ramrene - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Who didn’t see this coming with Grienke’s fake injury?

    • sandwiches4ever - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      [citation needed]

  8. infieldhit - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Zack’s to-do list: take the Ferrari out for a joyride, visit an art museum, hop on a parade float…

    It’ll be too early to check out a game at Wrigley though.

  9. mt10425 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    It’s okay, Zack’s practicing being hurt. So, when he hits our guy Quentin again and gets his ass kicked again, the DL will be familiar.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      This is funny considering how awful a ballplayer San Quentin actually is, especially in comparison to the loot those awesome San Diego Padres are paying him.

      I guess when you sell your stadium naming rights to Petco, one simply expects dogs in the outfield.

    • stercuilus65 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Speak up, cant hear you from way down there in the standings!

  10. razorbyrd - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    what a convenient injury for a guy who openly bashed playing in Australia…

    FRAUD!!!

    • sandwiches4ever - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      [citation needed]

  11. calicokiller49 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Dude I’m a padre fan , of course I hate Greinke. And dudes a little whiner, complaining about pitching in Australia, and has some phantom injury, all of a sudden Donnie baseball pulls out the baby wipes. And I promise you ain’t the dude who’s antagonizing grown men in person……

  12. nymets4ever - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    It’s unfortunate when petulant whiny assclowns get exactly what they want.

    • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      When have you ever gotten what you wanted, speaking of petulant whiny assclowns.

  13. willclarkgameface - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    You had to see this coming. It was his only way out of a lame trip around the globe.

    Tell those Australians to get some mlb.tv and watch those games on the computer or something. OR…pay attention to your own league. No need for US culture to be shoved down another country’s throat.

    #TieMeKangarooDownSportSoIDontHaveToTravelFarFromHome

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