Prior to Wednesday’s Cactus League opener, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he was pleased with team’s overall health and added everyone was on track to be ready for Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on April 6.
Of course the exception to that being Kenley Jansen, though the closer believes he’ll return from left foot surgery earlier than expected. On Thursday, Mattingly provided another positive update with regards to Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Greinke began camp a step behind fellow pitchers due to receiving a lubricating injection in his right elbow — a procedure he receives annually. Since that point, he’s worked his way from playing catch to throwing a bullpen session. Greinke will take another step forward as Mattingly said he’ll throw live batting practice on Friday for the first time this spring.
As for Ryu, he’s recovering from back spasms that warranted an MRI and although the results were negative, the issue forced him to miss workouts last week. Ryu returned to play light catch on Feb. 27 before advancing to a bullpen session on March 2 and again Wednesday.
Just as Greinke will, Ryu is scheduled to throw live batting practice, with his set for Saturday. The two will then be slotted into the starting rotation five days after their respective sessions.
With Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers’ game Thursday against the Chicago White Sox, David Huff (home) and Zach Lee (away) will start the split-squad games on Friday. Mike Bolsinger is schedule to start Saturday, Brandon McCarthy Sunday, and Brett Anderson Monday.
The ball will then circle back to Kershaw on Tuesday and he’ll be followed by Greinke and Ryu — mirroring the front end of the Dodgers rotation used during the regular season. McCarthy and Anderson would follow, giving the Dodgers their first look at the envisioned starting rotation.
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