The Los Angeles Dodgers will, in all likelihood, travel to Australia without their number two man Zack Greinke, according to Don Mattingly.
The right-hander has had limited time to practice in spring training, being held back by a frustrating strain to his right-calf.
Dodgers manager Mattingly now says that Greinke is unlikely to recover in time to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the season opening series in Australia on March 22.
"From a standpoint of having 90 pitches, he won't be there," Mattingly told MLB.com.
Greinke suffered the injury just four pitches into his first start last Thursday.
That leaves Mattingly's options a little thinner with his starters for the two-game set likely to come from Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren.
The injury may have come as good news to Greinke, who has in the past expressed a discontent for the idea of travelling to Australia in what would otherwise be standard Spring training.
Mattingly told MLB.com that Greinke would have to throw a bullpen session and get his arm strength up before being considered for a full-season game.
Greinke went 15-4 last season with a 2.63 ERA (135 ERA+) and 3.22 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings of work. He is in the second year of a six-year, $159million contract.