Dodgers spring training 2015: Zack Greinke, Dodgers fall 8-4 to San Francisco.

"<strongGLENDALE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke didn’t pull any punches after his penultimate spring start.

“After today I probably need like five more starts,” Greinke said.

He’ll get one more. Unlike Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, he won’t scale back his pitch-count limit in his next start, which should fall next Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals.

“I’ve thrown enough,” Greinke said. “I should be ready. If I’m not, it’s not because of lack of innings — it’s just not getting ready fast enough. I should be ready when the season starts.”

Greinke allowed five hits, four runs — two scored on a dropped fly ball by Carl Crawford in left field — two walks and three strikeouts. He was pulled after reaching his pitch-count limit (76) with two outs in the fourth inning.

“I wasn’t pitching good that last inning or the inning before,” Greinke said. “It was pretty horrible.”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke is still on target to start the second game of the season, April 7 against the San Diego Padres.

“I’m confident that he’s going to be ready,” Mattingly said. “It’s just at what level.”

The box score is here.

A couple more notes:
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Dodgers sign infielder Hector Olivera for six years, $62.5 million.

The Dodgers and infielder Hector Olivera have agreed to a six-year contract worth $62.5 million, including a $28 million signing bonus, a source confirmed Tuesday. The contract has not been announced because it is pending a physical.

Olivera, who turns 30 on April 5, was the most highly sought-after free agent from Cuba remaining on the market. In terms of both years and dollars, Olivera’s contract represents the most significant commitment to any free agent the Dodgers have made since president Andrew Friedman took over last October.

Olivera profiles as a second baseman or third baseman, which is a potential position of need for the Dodgers after this season. Howie Kendrick, 31, and Juan Uribe, 36, are both eligible to become free agents after 2015, as is shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

The Dodgers believe they have their shortstop of the future in 20-year-old Corey Seager, who slashed .286/.500/.429 in 21 Cactus League plate appearances. Olivera solidifies one of the other two positions; Alex Guerrero, who’s under contract through 2017, could fill the other. The Dodgers might now use the 2015 season to sort all the roles out.
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Dodgers spring training 2015: Brandon McCarthy struggles in loss to Cubs.

Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy allowed (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy took this one on his shoulders.

“Today was horse (crap),” he said after allowing eight hits and six runs, all earned, in four innings against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

The 7-5 loss ended the Dodgers’ “six-game unbeaten streak,” a line that could have been lifted straight from a 1996 Hartford Whalers press release.

“Today’s one of those that … you’re not entirely surprised,” McCarthy said. “You’re fighting a little bit mechanically and stuff-wise, I just couldn’t get anything to do what I wanted it to do. That makes it really hard to locate at that point. Sinkers were cutting, cutters were sinking. Everything was going the wrong direction. It’s really hard to get outs against big league hitters and good ones when everything is heading back toward the middle of the plate.”

The box score is here.

Some postgame thoughts:

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