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Zack Greinke might return to Cactus League this week

Mar 10, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT

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Good news out of Dodgers camp Monday from MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick

Greinke threw a bullpen session Monday and apparently felt no discomfort in his right calf muscle. He then went through some fielding drills and could pitch in an exhibition game this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, although club officials are wary of rushing him back.

Greinke has already been ruled out for the Dodgers’ season-opening series in Australia on March 22-23, but he could be ready to start the club’s first game back in the states on March 30 against the Padres. Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu are starting against the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Greinke suffered a right calf strain in his Cactus League debut, but it’s looking like a minor road bump now.

The 30-year-old right-hander registered a 2.63 ERA across 177 2/3 innings last season for Los Angeles.

  1. kcroyal - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    I can’t think of one reason to be excited about this.

  2. zdravit - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Of horse he’s ready to come back now that it’s too late for him to pitch in Australia. Mission accomplished.

    • carpi2 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      I loved the convenient timing of his “calf strain.” To be fair, if he were to pitch in Australia, he’d have to fully expect a stadium full of drunken, pissed-off Aussies, who’d love nothing more than to throw a full beer can at his head.

  3. nymets4ever - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Wish someone would pour some Fosters all over this guy’s little vanilla Tic Tac head.

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