Zack Greinke’s first start of the spring lasted just four pitches. The veteran right hander left Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a strained right calf.
Los Angeles Dodgers trainer Stan Conte and manager Don Mattingly went to the mound to check on Greinke before he left the game.
“I think it’s minor, but we’ll see,” Greinke said, via ESPN. “I don’t know exactly what it was, but it felt kind of like a cramp.”
Thus far the Dodgers have only deemed Gerinke’s exit as “precautionary.”
The Dodgers begin the regular season on March 22 in Australia against the Diamondbacks. Currently Mattingly is considering not pitching two-time NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw in either of the games overseas. Dan Haren and Hyun-Jin Ryu are currently the favorites to start.
Greinke contends that he would have continued to pitch if this was the regular season.
“Just trying to take care of it since it’s early in spring,” Greinke said. “And, hopefully, it’s not a big deal.”
Greinke was 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA last season for the Dodgers. He missed five weeks after fracturing his left collarbone in a fight with Carols Quentin of the San Diego Padres.