While Clayton Kershaw made his first start of Spring Training on Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to see right-hander Zack Greinke throw in a game.
Greinke fell a bit behind schedule when he received a lubricating injection in his elbow at the start of the spring. Although it sounds like something that would keep him out for significant time, it was actually a procedure he goes through every year. The right-hander is back on track in his throwing program, tossing live batting practice on Friday in preparation for a potential start on Wednesday.
Zack Greinke notches a strikeout in his live BP session. pic.twitter.com/u1xvnv9on7
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Facing minor-leaguers, Greinke threw 36 pitches and allowed solid contact just once. After the session, the former Cy Young broke down his performance. “Everything worked pretty good. Just building your arm speed up and trying to get comfortable with hitters in the box. It all worked out good today,” Greinke said.
When asked if what percentage he was throwing at during the BP, Greinke responded, “As close to 100 as you can get to. It wasn’t coming out 100 percent but it was trying to.”
The former All-Star was asked about his plans the rest of the spring in terms of what he wants to do. Greinke said,”Just getting ready to face hitters and just get a little stronger each start. Mix some things in a little more. Trying to work on pitches early on then try to get outs more later on.”
Greinke has been the co-ace of the staff the past two seasons along with Kershaw. This will be the most important season since he signed with the Dodgers because of an impending decision to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. The 31-year-old can leave the final three years and $77 million on his deal to test the waters of free agency. He has said that he won’t have his decision until after the season, but is open to an extension.
As for this season, Greinke is scheduled to start his first game on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.
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