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Greinke ready to progress from simulated game

Greinke ready to progress from simulated game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke came out of Saturday's two-inning simulated game with no complications with his healing right calf and could pitch in a game later this week.

Manager Don Mattingly said Greinke must first throw a bullpen session, perhaps Monday, plus perform some fielding drills to show he can cover his position without reinjuring the calf, which has shelved him since his four-pitch initial spring start Feb. 27.


Because of the injury and lack of game action, Greinke is not expected to make the season-opening trip to Australia, for which the team departs next Sunday. But the Dodgers haven't decided if he will be placed on the disabled list or remain active so he can pitch in the second series of the season in San Diego.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.