Zack Greinke Calf Injury Scare

After throwing only 4 pitches in LA’s second Spring Training game against the Diamondbacks in Glendale, Zack Greinke was pulled off the mound with a calf injury.

“I just felt something in my calf,” said Greinke. “Just try to take care of it this early in spring. Hopefully it’s not a big deal. I think it’s minor. We’ll see in a couple of days. Right now, I don’t feel too bad.”

Of course at this would scare any one associated with the Dodgers this early in the season and the right thing to do was definitely take him out of the game.

The Dodgers had scheduled Zack to throw 2 innings followed by 15 pitches in the bullpen like Clayton Kershaw did yesterday and Hyun Jin Ryu will tomorrow against Chicago.

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LA Dodgers Offense Finally Comes Alive in 11 Hit Display to Down D-Backs

LA played the Diamondbacks today for the second day straight in Glendale on the 27th and came away with a much deserved win over the Western Division rivals 4-3.

After throwing just 3 pitchers and facing two batters, Zack Greinke, on his Spring Training debut, got taken out of the game with a calf strain. While the team said it is precautionary the short spring doesn’t help him to be able to throw up to around 90 pitchers.

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Greinke pitching during today’s spring training game. Continue reading

Carl Crawford Experiences Right Leg Soreness After First Game

In the 3rd inning, of the Dodgers first Cactus league game at spring training, Carl Crawford was standing on first base after a single and Puig was at bat.

Puig smacked a ball to the left center field gap for his second hit in two at bats for a double. Carl then rounded second and third on his way to home to score with out a throw.

However the left fielder left the game after 5 innings as scheduled anyway and isn’t expected to play tomorrow against Arizona so will have enough rest time to get over whatever niggle is affecting him.

Let’s hope this doesn’t start the Dodgers outfield struggles like last year. Continue reading

Kershaw Given First Loss in First Spring Training Game

The Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw took to the mound on Wednesday in the teams’ first warm up game for the season in the Cactus League at Salt River Fields

The number one started off with no runs to the lead as the Dodgers batted in the top of the first and then pitches as you would expect to start with a strike as his first pitch followed up by a fly out to A.J. Pollock. Aaron Hill pounced on a bad pitch by Kershaw to give the D-Backs their first single of the year. Taking advantage of this runner of base, Martin Prado doubled to deep left and made Crawford look silly, as he was standing too shallow. 1-0 D-Backs, end of one.

The Dodgers went down quietly again in the second allowing Arizona to add on another two runs to the tally leading to Clayton being pulled out of the game after 2 innings, giving up 3 ER and 5 hits. 3-0 End of 2. Continue reading

Home Plate Collisions Shouldn’t be Banned in Baseball

I don’t think they just quite get it, when you think of baseball, you think of history. It goes hand in hand. So they are wrecking baseball. They are the money thirsty, conservative and the protective people that rule our game.

We need the collisions, the smashes, the big hits, the home runs, the strikeouts and the stolen bases. It’s just what the game is. This is what brings the crowds to the ballparks to watch their most elegant and favorite players. What if “they” decided to stop people stealing bases and stop the big hits just because it hurts every now and then?

“Let’s make the base runners stop using their speed to steal the bases because the throw might hit them on the head!” That’s what the helmet is for, isn’t it? So catchers, they wear all the protection; they have the helmets, the masks, the chest guards and the shoulder pads. They’ve got the protection and surely they should use it? Continue reading