Dodgers’ Zack Greinke throws 45 pitches in bullpen session, reports no pain afterward.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke throws a warmup pitch Sunday to Dodgers bullpen catcher Fumi Ishibashi. (Bad spring training photo by J.P. Hoornstra)

Zack Greinke threw approximately 38 pitches from a bullpen mound after making seven warm-up tosses today, an important step in his recovery from a stiff right elbow. He threw from the stretch and the windup, mixing in fastballs and all his breaking pitches, and reported no issues.

Greinke said that he “probably threw a little more” pitches than he initially planned. “I felt good. I was working on stuff to get ready for a game.”

However, he didn’t commit to a goal of making his first start of the season on April 2 at home against the San Francisco Giants, as the Dodgers had initially hoped.

“I just want to do what’s best for the team,” he said. “It’s not important what day.”

Greinke received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the elbow Monday and is running out of time if he wants to avoid skipping a start. The Dodgers have the luxury of playing just three games before their first scheduled off-day April 4 and another off-day four days later. So they could rest their $147 million pitcher until the  third week of the season without needing an extra starter.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.