Dodgers starter Zack Greinke left last week’s spring training debut after three pitches due to a strained right calf. According to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, there is still no timetable for the right-hander’s return. Manager Don Mattingly said, “We’re still going to be cautious with him.”
Greinke was not able to throw a scheduled bullpen on Saturday. Still, it sounds like he should have enough time to be ready for Opening Day in the U.S. once the Dodgers return from Australia for the season opener against the Diamondbacks. It needn’t be stated how important Greinke is to the Dodgers’ success in 2014.
Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.
Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.
Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.