In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Zack Greinke received a lubrication injection in his right elbow, which according to manager Don Mattingly was a procedure Greinke has now had done in all three of his springs with the team.
The hope is the injection will serve as a preventative measure for Greinke’s elbow — one that’s given him trouble in the past; most recently last August when he was forced to skip a bullpen session between starts and had a scheduled start pushed back. He’s been shut down for the next few days as a result of the injection.
Greinke wasn’t the only pitcher who’s fallen behind schedule a bit. Reliever Joel Peralta felt tightness in his right shoulder and didn’t complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday. Peralta doesn’t believe the situation is serious and he expects to play catch on Sunday.
Despite Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman saying on Thursday the team was engaged in trade talks for a reliever, the first roster move since his comments was the signing of Brandon Beachy to a one-year deal.
Beachy is coming off a second-career Tommy John surgery and Dodgers general manager believes he’ll return around the All-Star break. To make room for Beachy on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved Chris Withrow to the 60-day disabled list. Withrow is recovering from Tommy John and back surgeries.
Here are the biggest stories from the Dodgers’ third day of Spring Training:
Zaidi goes in-depth on Beachy signing
Video of Julio Urias’ first career bullpen session
Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Uribe (Hummer included) and other position players report for Spring Training
Peralta skips bullpen session, falls behind schedule with shoulder discomfort
Beachy signs one-year deal with Dodgers that includes club option for 2016
Mattingly doesn’t believe Urias will reach the Majors in 2015
Greinke receives elbow injection, temporarily shut down
Brandon McCarhty Discusses Joining Dodgers