Right-hander Zack Greinke made just four pitches against two batters in his spring-training debut on Thursday for the Los Angeles Dodgers before leaving the Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a calf injury.
Greinke landed awkwardly while making a pitch to Arizona second baseman Cliff Pennington in the first inning and was limping after throwing another pitch. Dodgers trainer Stan Conte and manager Don Mattingly came to the mound and Greinke attempted several warm-up tosses before he left the game and headed to the clubhouse.
The injury, which Greinke described as feeling like a cramp, was diagnosed as a mild calf strain. He had been scheduled to pitch two innings.
The Dodgers went on to lose to a Diamondbacks split squad 4-3.
"I just felt something in my calf," Greinke said, according to MLB.com. "Just try to take care of it this early in spring. 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."
Greinke caused somewhat of a stir earlier this week when he said he had no interest in traveling to Australia for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series against the Diamondbacks on March 22-23.
"There just isn't any excitement to it," he told ESPN. "I can't think of one reason to be excited for it."
But the Dodgers' No. 2 starter backtracked on Thursday and now says he would like to make a start in Sydney.
"If we're going to be there, and we obviously are, yes I'd like to pitch there," he said. "My comments, I didn't realize they would cause a stir. I'm looking forward to playing over there. No one wants me to say it, I had to vote to go, my vote was not to go. Now that we are going, I want to be there. I don't want the team to go and me sit here and watch. I don't want to go and watch. I want to play."
Despite Greinke's injury setback, Mattingly would not rule out the possibility of using him Down Under.
"It depends on where it goes," Mattingly said, according to MLB.com. "He might do a 'pen in a couple of days and go from there."