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Zack Greinke throws first mound session since calf strain

Mar 5, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT

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Zack Greinke has already been ruled out for the Dodgers’ season-opening series in Sydney, Australia (March 22-23) due to a mild right calf strain that he suffered on the second-to-last day of February.

But the right-hander could be ready to rock for the club’s first game back in the United States.

According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, Greinke threw off a mound Wednesday afternoon in Dodgers camp for the first time since leaving his Cactus League debut with that strained calf. Greinke is scheduled to throw off a mound again on Thursday and could return to the Dodgers’ spring rotation next week.

Greinke, who made it known last month that he was not excited for the Dodgers’ Australian trip, will presumably be a candidate to pitch March 30 in San Diego. That’s the Padres’ regular-season opener.

  1. Professor Fate - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I think I’d be more excited to go to Australia than to face Quentin in San Diego. That takes some grit.

  2. sandwiches4ever - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Maybe, and I’m just spitballin’ here, maybe he actually did injure himself and isn’t just trying to get out of the Australia trip. Crazy thinkin’, I know.

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