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.
Zack Greinke threw 35 pitches in sim game and another 50 in bullpen. Said calf still isn’t 100%.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) March 8, 2014
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.