Greinke strained the muscle Thursday in his first start of the exhibition season. He was removed from the game after making only four pitches.
With Greinke's status uncertain, the Dodgers could start
The Dodgers were already considering the possibility of not starting
Ryu, who started his first exhibition game Friday, said through an interpreter he would pitch in Australia if asked by
As for Greinke, he felt something when playing catch Friday with Stan Conte, the Dodgers director of medical services. That led to the cancellation of his Saturday bullpen session and made it unlikely he would take his next turn in the rotation on Tuesday.
"That doesn't look very promising right now," Manager Don Mattingly said.
Greinke would probably need three more exhibition starts to build up the arm strength necessary to throw 90 pitches in a regular-season game. Greinke could still pitch three more times this spring, but Mattingly said the Dodgers haven't set a timetable for his return. He is scheduled to play catch again Saturday.
"The calf tells us when he can start doing the work," Mattingly said.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, Ryu is in condition to provide adequate cover.
Unaware that major league players report to
"It's hard to come to our camp or be on our club and see what Kersh does and Zack does and not feel like, 'Hey, maybe there's something to do,' " Mattingly said.
Ryu limited the
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