Pitchers and catchers reported to camp less than a week ago and just about every pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers has thrown their first bullpen of the season.
One of the biggest names not on that list was right-hander Zack Greinke, who was shut down after receiving a lubricating injection in his elbow. The injection is a yearly occurrence for Greinke, as he’s done it all three years with the Dodgers. Greinke had a bit of elbow irritation last season, but nothing serious enough to put him on the disabled list.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the former Cy Young got on the mound on Tuesday:
Greinke threw a 23-pitch bullpen session with no obvious discomfort.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 24, 2015
Even though he’s had the procedure done before, pitchers risk their health with just about every pitch so seeing Greinke make it through is encouraging. The right-hander will be looking to continue his success in Los Angeles after going 32-12 with a 2.68 ERA in 60 starts. The former All-Star will also be looking to pitch well because of an impending opt-out clause in his contract. Greinke has the option to become a free agent after this season, turning down the remaining three years and $77 million left on his deal.
The 31-year-old has already said he won’t make a decision on the matter until after the season, but he did say he would listen to contract extension offers from the Dodgers. Greinke has been the perfect complementary ace to Clayton Kershaw and it would appear that another strong season could cause the Dodgers to do whatever it takes to keep Greinke in town.
Greinke will be on his normal schedule now that he’s thrown the first bullpen, and the Dodgers will be monitoring his health throughout the spring.
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