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Zack Greinke throws two innings versus Diamondbacks in return to Cactus League action

Mar 12, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

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Dodgers starter Zack Greinke was on a Cactus League mound Wednesday in Glendale, Arizona for the first time since straining his left calf in late February and the return went smoothly enough.

Greinke allowed three earned runs on six hits in just two innings against a Diamondbacks split-squad, but his calf survived the outing and he can now begin to work on building his pitch count up to where it needs to be for the opening of the 2014 regular season.

Greinke has already been ruled out of the Dodgers’ two-game series against the Diamondbacks in Australia (March 22-23), but he should be able to start their first game back in the United States on March 30 in San Diego.

“Everybody had to get ready faster for Australia,” Greinke told’s Ken Gurnick on Wednesday. “I have to get ready for the American games. I’ve just got to get ready as fast as I can without a setback.”

The 30-year-old right-hander posted an excellent 2.63 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 177 2/3 innings last season.

  1. nymets4ever - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    It’s a shame he will likely never step in the batter’s box against (the Australian) Grant Balfour, you know Grant is the kind of guy who would give him some serious chin music.

  2. blingslade - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    This little crybaby petulant coward won’t back his words and go to Australia. Instead he fakes an injury, God, what a pain in the ass this boy is.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Hmmmm…. Interesting. An anonymous message board poster has a problem with an athlete, and that athlete is a crybaby petulant coward.

      How convenient!

    • sandwiches4ever - Mar 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      [citation needed]

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