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Zack Greinke leaves spring debut with injury after three pitches

David Brown
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Three pitches into his 2014 Cactus League debut, right-hander Zack Greinke pulled up lame because of a strained right calf. He doesn't think it's a big deal, and he still plans on pitching in Australia when the Los Angeles Dodgers travel there late next month, but it still gives all concerned a moment of pause.

Greinke came up hopping after a fastball out of the zone to Arizona's Tony Campana in the first inning.

"Just the last two pitches I threw. ... I threw some pitches just to test it out. Hopefully it's minor," Greinke told reporters.

Greinke missed a few starts early in 2013 after getting into a fight with the San Diego Padres, but he finished with one of his best individual seasons ever, posting a 2.63 ERA with 148 strikeouts in 177 2/3 innings. He's entering the second year of a $159 million deal with the Dodgers that runs through 2018 (with a player buyout clause after 2015).

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Greinke answers a question about pitching in Australia. (AP)

So he's a precious and expensive commodity, in addition to being a human being.

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