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Zack Greinke might not be pitching in Australia after all.
The right-hander for the Los Angeles Dodgers left his first start of the spring with a mild right calf strain while facing just the second batter of the game, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Afterwards, Greinke gave his take on the injury, via Gurnick: "Hopefully, it's not a big deal. I think it's minor. We'll see in a couple of days. Right now, I don't feel too bad."
Earlier in the week, Greinke had remarked that there was "absolutely zero excitement" for the team's opening series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now, his status for the trip is very much in question.
Josh Hamilton has also been slowed by a calf injury in the early days of spring training. The left fielder for the Los Angeles Angels strained his left calf and is expected to be shutdown for a couple of weeks, according to manager Mike Scioscia, via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
However, Scioscia also told Shaikin that the Angels are "optimistic" that Hamilton will be ready to go on Opening Day.
Cole Hamels won't be ready for Opening Day, but his recovery from shoulder tendinitis is going smoothly, as Jayson Stark of ESPN reports. Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure explained to Stark that he doesn't think Hamels will miss more than a couple of starts.
The left-hander threw 35 pitches off the mound on Wednesday and afterward told Stark: "I was pain-free."