Coming off a season in which he won a career-best 17 games, Zack Greinke fell behind schedule after receiving a lubricating injection in his right elbow. It was an injection Greinke has previously received, and he was back playing catch a few days later.
Greinke took the mound for his first start of the spring on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Chicago Cubs. As planned, he went two innings and as expected for a pitcher making his first start, it was far from perfect.
Greinke allowed two runs on two hits, issued two walks and hit a batter. He threw 18 pitches, then made his way to the bullpen for more work before retiring to the clubhouse. The right-hander admitted to things going well ‘health-wise’ and seemed content with the overall results of his start.
The 31 year old also revealed he’s working on improving his slider from last season. However, Greinke allowed he may return to gripping the slider in the same manner he did in 2014 if he doesn’t see improved results moving forward.
Greinke is scheduled to start March 16 and again March 21, with the latter being part of Big League Weekend in San Antonio.
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