After early Zack Greinke scare, Dodgers rally for 4-3 victory

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, pictured last August, says he could have continued pitching Thursday despite a mild calf strain.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Nothing like an early scare. It is spring training, of course, time to get used to holding the breath.

For the Dodgers, the early scare in their 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday at Camelback Ranch when Australia’s favorite player, Zack Greinke, left the game after his fourth pitch of the afternoon.

The injury was later described as a mild right calf strain, and Greinke said he would have kept going if it had been a regular-season game.


But this being his first appearance of the spring, the Dodgers took the cautious route and had him leave the field. Greinke doesn’t think the injury will impede his ability to start in one of the two games in Australia next month. And, oh yeah, if he’s going to make the trip, he does want to pitch. It’s a long ways to go just to check out a wallaby.

With Greinke getting only one out, the Dodgers used seven relievers. Chris Withrow became the emergency fill-in and gave up two runs, but the Dodgers rallied against a split-squad Diamondbacks team that was mostly its B team.

Juan Uribe drove in the first two runs with a popup single in the second and a wind-aided solo homer in the fourth to tie it.

The Dodgers went ahead on Brendan Harris’ run-scoring single in the seventh and scored their fourth run in the eighth on a bloop double by Alex Guerrero. The Cuban infielder also singled to go two for four on the day.

Dodgers nonroster invitee Daniel Moskos struck the only three batters he faced.