Zack Greinke Injury: Updates on Dodgers Pitcher's Calf and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 27, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, March 26

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports on the latest update with Zack Greinke:

Updates from Wednesday, March 12

Dodgers.com reporter Ken Gurnick notes Greinke's progress on Wednesday:

Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times provides more details:

Updates from Monday, March 10

Kevin Gurnick of MLB.com reports some good news regarding Zach Greinke's calf injury:

Greinke threw a bullpen session Monday and apparently felt no discomfort in his right calf muscle. He then went through some fielding drills and could pitch in an exhibition game this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, although club officials are wary of rushing him back.

Updates from Friday, March 7

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez has the latest on Greinke:

Dodgers pitcherZack Greinke is scheduled to throw to hitters on Saturday. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

"I know he's getting on the mound, and it makes me happy," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's the start of the process. I would think he would be in the 30 [pitches] range. It's kind of like his first outing."

Updates from Thursday, Mar. 6

Zack Greinke returned to the mound today, as MLB revealed on its Twitter account:

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com had more on Greinke:

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday as he recovers from a mild right calf strain.

Manager Don Mattingly said Greinke might next throw to hitters, which would put him on track for an exhibition game start next week.

Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 5

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has the latest on Zach Grienke:

Updates from Monday, Mar. 3

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Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times has the latest on Zach Grienke's recovery:

Updates from Saturday, Mar. 1

Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times has the latest on Greinke:

Updates from Friday, Feb. 28

Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com has the latest on Greinke's status:

Los Angeles Times reporter Dylan Hernandez reports that Greinke will miss his next start:

Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo has more detail:

Original Text:

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke suffered a right calf injury in his first spring training appearance during Thursday's Cactus League exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Director of club medical services Stan Conte determined that Greinke could no longer carry on after just three pitches, and he was removed for precautionary reasons, per the Dodgers' official Twitter account:

The Dodgers have classified Grienke's strain as mild, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Hernandez caught up with Greinke to discuss his injury and if it will impact his ability to pitch when the regular season starts:

“It definitely doesn’t take me out of the mix,” Greinke said. “Hopefully, it doesn’t. But we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Greinke described the strain as minor. He said that if he had felt something similar in a regular-season game he would have continued pitching.

“I don’t know exactly what it was, but it felt kind of like a cramp,” he said.

There's no reason to push such a valuable pitcher early on. As USA Today highlights, Greinke will take in the most income of any player in MLB in the 2014 season, with a whopping $26 million:

But Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly can't be all too pleased with what he's seen thus far from the top of his rotation.

Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw got tagged for five hits and three earned runs in two innings of work in the opening contest, and now this situation with Greinke is rather discouraging.

Greinke went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA last season, and the 30-year-old is entering the second campaign of a six-year deal worth $147 million. Given the heavy investment in him, it makes sense that Conte and Co. are being cautious with Greinke in spring training. The hope is that he isn't out for long and can continue to properly prepare for the beginning of the regular season in the coming weeks.


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