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Dodgers pitcher may be left behind for Australia

Zack Greinke injured his calf on Thursday.
Zack Greinke injured his calf on Thursday..

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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