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Dodgers pitcher may be left behind for Australia

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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.

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