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Greinke doubtful for Aussie opener

Zack Greinke wasn’t thrilled about the Australia trip anyway.

Zack Greinke wasn’t thrilled about the Australia trip anyway.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Right-hander Zack Greinke appears unlikely to join the Dodgers on their trip to Australia for the regular-season opener.

Greinke, who is sidelined by a strained right calf, played catch on flat ground Sunday, but manager Don Mattingly told mlb.com that the calf was "a lot like" Saturday and the club would "be cautious going forward."

Los Angeles faces the Diamondbacks on March 22-23 in Sydney. Greinke would need at least one bullpen session to be ready to start a game by then.

"We'll keep a timetable out of it," Mattingly told the website. "When he's ready for a (bullpen session), we'll go forward. He'll play catch to keep the arm moving without putting stress on the leg."

Mattingly likely will chose from among left-handers Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu and right-hander Dan Haren to start the two games.

Greinke stirred up some controversy about a week ago when he said that he had "absolutely zero excitement" for the Australia series.

In other Dodgers news, right-hander Chad Billingsley said he felt sore a day after throwing breaking balls off a mound for the first time since having Tommy John surgery April 25.

YAZ WATCHES KIN: Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was in the stands in Fort Myers and watched his grandson score a run for the Orioles in their 8-6 loss to Boston. Mike Yastrzemski, 23, played in his first major-league spring training game, entering as a pinch-runner in the sixth inning, scoring then playing rightfield. "It means a lot," said the elder Yastrzemski, 74. "Just proves that a lot of hard work will take you a long way."

RELIEVER RETIRES: Right-hander Guillermo Mota announced his retirement after 14 seasons. Mota, 40, who did not pitch last season, made 743 career relief appearances and had a 3.94 ERA.

ANGELS: First baseman Albert Pujols said his mission this spring is to stay healthy. The three-time NL MVP played in a career-low 99 games last season because of a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

CUBS: Shortstop Starlin Castro suffered a mild right hamstring strain and is expected to be sidelined for about a week.

MARLINS: Right-hander Jose Fernandez, the 2013 NL rookie of the year and former Alonso standout, was named the opening day starter by manager Mike Redmond. At 21 years and 274 days old, he'll be the youngest opening day starter since Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez in 2007 (20 years, 359 days).

NATIONALS: Rightfielder Jayson Werth was a late scratch with a strained right biceps.

PADRES: Centerfielder Cameron Maybin is scheduled for an MRI exam today after landing hard on his left shoulder while diving for a ball.

RANGERS: Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo sat out because of soreness in his left arm. Assistant general manager Thad Levine said Choo will be given a day or two off.

REDS: Right-hander Mike Leake was scratched from his scheduled start because of an abdominal injury.

RED SOX: Right-hander Jake Peavy won't throw for at least three days after cutting his left index finger with a fishing knife.

TIGERS: Right-hander Justin Verlander threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, and manager Brad Ausmus said he expects him to make his first start of the spring against a Phillies split squad Thursday. Verlander had groin surgery in January.

Greinke doubtful for Aussie opener 03/02/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 2, 2014 9:55pm]

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