Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) leaves the game in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke throws simulated game; aims for return


The “other” ace for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Zack Greinke, has already been ruled out for the team’s opening series in Australia, but the team got a bit of good news regarding his future prospects on Saturday afternoon.

J.P Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group is reporting that Greinke tossed 85 pitches in two different ways on Saturday, and that news is incredibly encouraging for his progress. On the surface, a strained calf seems like a “throw away” injury for a starting pitcher, but soft tissue injuries can notoriously nag starting pitchers for long periods of time, and it would be wholly encouraging to see Greinke on the mound as quickly as possible.

Much of the publicity in Los Angeles rightly goes to the best pitcher on the planet in Clayton Kershaw, but the 30-year-old Greinke has a Cy Young on his list of accomplishments, and last season’s performance (2.63 ERA in 177.2 innings) did nothing to bring down his value. It remains to be seen how long it will be before Greinke takes the mound, but he took a solid step over the weekend.

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