PEORIA, Ariz. -- We are getting closer to knowing the Dodgers who will make next weekend's trip to San Antonio for a pair of exhibition games against the Rangers at The Alamodome. a Zack Greinke will start one of the games in Texas, manager Don Mattingly said on Thursday, while Clayton Kershaw won't be making the trip.
The Dodgers battle the Rangers on March 20-21, with Friday's game at 5 p.m. PT and Saturday's contest at 11 a.m. PT. The Dodgers had a Double-A affiliate in San Antonio from 1977-2000.
For Greinke, who made his Cactus League debut on Wednesday in Chicago, is in line to pitch the Saturday game in San Antonio (March 21), which would be his third of five starts in spring training. Greinke had his spring start slowly, sidelined a few days after receiving a lubricating injection in his right elbow at the start of camp.
After pitching two innings on Wednesday, Greinke was doing the math when asked if given his late start to spring would he have enough starts to be ready for the regular season, with Greinke presumably slotting in to pitch the second game of the regular season, on April 7 against the Padres.
"If it's four more [starts left after Wednesday], I should be ready but it's pushing it a little bit," Greinke said.
Bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the Dodgers in San Antonio. Mattingly announced earlier in the week that Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, and Justin Turner would play in the weekend series.
On Thursday, Mattingly also said that Joc Pederson would "probably" make the San Antonio trip as well.
Rosters for the trip will be finalized next week.