UPDATE (March 14, 10:45 a.m. PT): According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Erik Bedard will start Friday’s game in San Antonio:
Erik Bedard is pitching 4 simulated innings in the back fields right now. He'll start Friday in San Antonio
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 14, 2015
Zack Greinke’s spring got off to a slow start as he received a lubricating injection in his right elbow that resulted in him falling behind schedule when compared to other pitchers.
Five days after throwing a live batting practice session, Greinke made his 2015 Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. He labored through two innings of work, giving up two runs on two hits, and issuing two walks.
As the Dodgers continue with their Spring Training, a trip to San Antonio for Big League Weekend is now just eight days away. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly recently named Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig among the players who will make the trip to the Lone Star state, and he added another player to the group on Thursday.
According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Greinke is scheduled to start one of the two games at the Alamodome:
Zack Greinke will pitch in San Antonio, Clayton Kershaw will not
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 12, 2015
Greinke’s March 21 start will come against the Texas Rangers; assuming he takes the mound once more, it will be his third start of the spring. Last season, Greinke nearly matched his totals from the 2013, going 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA.
Over his career, Greinke is 3-5 with a 2.84 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) against the Rangers. He last faced them in 2012 — twice — and had a no-decision in both starts. Greinke’s last win over the Rangers came in 2009 when he was with the Kansas City Royals; it was also the same year he won the American League Cy Young Award.
More roster announcements for Big League Weekend are expected in the coming days.
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