Dodgers starter Zack Greinke left yesterday’s game after four pitches, due to a mild calf strain in his right leg.
Greinke struck out Tony Campana, and threw a few pitches to Cliff Pennington before Don Mattingly decided to retire Greinke for the afternoon.
Greinke felt some tightness in his calf, “we deal with small stuff all the time, and I think that’s what this is. We’ll see, but that’s my guess,” said Greinke. “I’d still be pitching if this were a regular season game.”
Greinke made sure to let his thoughts be known how he was in favor of his team taking the long trip to Australia.
Since then Greinke has relaxed his stance on the down under issue, sort of.
“If we’re going to be there, I want to pitch,” Greinke said. “My vote if we had to go over there, was not going. But more people wanted to go than not, so now that we are going, I want to be there. I don’t want to not go and have the rest of the team play with me sitting here watching. I also don’t want to go there and not pitch.”
Each day Greinke will go through ice and theraphy related treatment on his calf, until a diagnosis can be reached.
He will be ready to pitch again in time for the regular season.
Yasiel Puig took an early exit during the Rockies verses Dodgers game on Monday afternoon, due to a right knee strain.
Puig had battled knee soreness for the past couple of weeks, aggravated it as he slid into third base after an Adrian Gonzalez single.
Puig played like a warrior after getting hit by a pitch in the back, he also scored in the sixth inning on sacrifice fly. Both Puig and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly don’t expect him to be out long, and there is no MRI scheduled.
“I’m going to get treatment tonight and we’ll see how it feels Wednesday,” Puig said through an interpreter.
Puig will be listed as day to day, however with the win on Monday, the Dodgers extended their lead to 11.5 games. They will take the necessary precautions to ensure that Puig is healthy for the playoffs. He’s currently hitting .351 with 14 home runs and 32 RBI’s on the season thus far.
The Los Angeles Dodgers still may not know for a couple of weeks if their starter Chad Billingsley will need surgery on his right elbow he injured this season. If surgery is needed, the next phase is how extensive and will he miss the entire 2013 season as a result?
Billingsley began a testing program on the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament for rang of motion, but has not thrown 60 feet or even more than 60 pitches. He’s played catch on flat ground instead of an elevated mound.
Billingsley does remain hopefully, “right now I can’t tell you until I really start testing it. But I’m still going, so that’s always a good sign.”
Once the regular season ends Billingsley will fly to the Dodgers facility in Arizona to continue his throwing rehab for the next weeks.
Billingsley was second in the rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, and the Dodger bullpen has struggled somewhat in his absence. Billingsley finished the season 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA, in his sixth straight season of ten or more victories.
He was 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven games before his season ended on August 24th.