GLENDALE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke had his share of ups and downs Wednesday.
That was the point, really. Greinke needed to stretch his arm up to regular-season standards and he did, throwing 85 pitches over seven innings of a Single-A intrasquad game. The right-hander allowed five hits, including two home runs, walked none and struck out nine.
“A slight mechanical change” that Greinke made on his final pitch of the fifth inning.
Greinke allowed the home run to Vela and two well-struck fly ball outs to begin the inning. Then, making the change, he threw a fastball and got a ground-ball out.
As Greinke recalled, “I said, ‘I’ve got to try something else because this is bad’ and the pitch came out perfect. I might have finally started doing something right.”
“At the very same time Honeycutt was coming to tell me what I needed to change and it was exactly what was just changed,” Greinke said. “Hopefully it’s a good change. We’ll see.”
Greinke is slated to start the Dodgers’ second game of the season, Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.