The Los Angeles Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of the home-and-home Spring Training series on Thursday. Zack Greinke took the mound for his first live-game action, but after throwing only four pitches, he was lifted from the game due to a right calf strain. Greinke threw warmup pitches with the trainers and manager Don Mattingly standing by before they decided it was best to err on the side of caution.
While Greinke was unable to complete his expected two-inning appearance, he and the Dodgers don’t believe the injury to be serious. However, the strain may disrupt Greinke’s routine, which was believed to influence his recent comments that he wasn’t looking forward to traveling to Australia for the Opening Series. If the injury lingers, Greinke may be held out of the games in Sydney, which he stated on Thursday didn’t want to be the case.
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