Nearly two weeks since suffering a right calf strain after throwing only four pitches in his first Spring Training start, Zack Greinke may return to game action on Wednesday. At the time of his injury both he and the Los Angeles Dodgers expressed their belief that the strain wasn’t serious.
While it likely contributed to Greinke not being named as one of the starters for the Opening Series in Australia, the right-hander was making progress towards a return as early as last week. Greinke was set to go through more workouts on Tuesday and barring any setbacks, would likely make his second Spring Training start on Wednesday:
If all things go well today, sounds like Zack Greinke will start tomorrow's game. He'll do PFPs today.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 11, 2014
Assuming Greinke gets through Tuesday’s work and a game on Wednesday, he would likely set himself up for a regular season debut in the three-game series with the San Diego Padres, which begins on March 30. With a start on Wednesday, Greinke would also be in line for a start in the Dodgers’ last Spring Training game on March 16 before they depart for Australia on March 17.
Greinke finished 2013 with a 15-4 record and was one half of the Dodgers’ dominant one-two combination at the top of the pitching staff. The dependable right-hander only missed time after breaking his collarbone in a brawl with Carlos Quentin during his second start of the season. The injury cost Greinke one month of the season and losing him to the disabled list exposed the Dodgers pitching staff behind Clayton Kershaw. To his credit, Greinke returned prior to what the initial timetable predicted.
When Greinke was ruled out for the Opening Series, it raised some concern that perhaps the injury was more serious than initially believed. However, the decision to not schedule Greinke to pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks appears to have been more of a precautionary measure above all else.
UPDATE from Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Zack Greinke is expected to start tomorrow.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) March 11, 2014
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