Dodgers’ Zack Greinke throws his first bullpen of spring training.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke thinks he’s “three or four days behind some guys” in spring training. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, his first of the spring. It was Greinke’s first time off a mound since he received a lubricating injection in his right elbow last week.

Greinke said he threw all fastballs at a typical effort for a bullpen at this time of year — that is, submaximal.

Greinke declined to comment on the effect of the injection, but manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke has had the injection at the beginning of every camp with the Dodgers. He appears to be on track with a normal spring training.

“I think I’m going to be three or four days behind some guys,” Greinke said. “I’m not trying to push it.”

Greinke might not have enough arm strength built up to throw live batting practice to hitters. That could begin by the end of the week, once position players have reported to camp. But again, this is all normal for him.

At least there is no regular-season game in Sydney to prepare for, an idea Greinke did not personally endorse last year.

“I think that caused some trouble with a lot of pitchers, having to get ready extra fast,” Greinke said. “It just was a weird situation last year.”

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Dodgers ‘player meetings’ are tomorrow.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers coaches and executives have already met to discuss the long list of pitchers and catchers in camp this year. Tomorrow, they will discuss position players.

What’s that about?

“Every spring you go over guys in camp,” manager Don Mattingly said. “There’ll be kids here we don’t know from other organizations. We get to talk about them a little bit. There’s younger guys that are in camp from Double-A, whatever, that we haven’t seen a lot. Player development people can help you get a sense for this kid, that kid. It’s just all information as far as where we’re going, what’s the plan, just so everybody has a familiarity with everyone as we get into camp.”

Mattingly reiterated that he expects all players to report on time Wednesday. If someone is injured or delayed for any reason, he’ll find out for sure in the meeting.

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Dodgers’ Andre Ethier reports to camp, ‘clears the air’ with management.

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Andre Ethier was used primarily off the bench in the second half of 2014. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — When the Dodgers acquired catcher Yasmani Grandal at the Winter Meetings in December, president Andrew Friedman called A.J. Ellis to discuss the move before word of the trade got to the media. Friedman didn’t have to make the call. Ellis, who’s been the starting catcher here the last three years, appreciated the courtesy.

Andre Ethier did not get such a courtesy call this winter.

Ethier has played 1,275 games in a Dodgers uniform the past nine seasons. The Dodgers owe him at least another $56 million guaranteed over the next three years. Yet Ethier enters camp embroiled in a competition for the starting center fielder’s job with top prospect Joc Pederson and Chris Heisey, whom the Dodgers acquired this winter.

Ethier, who turns 33 in April, still believes he has an opportunity to be an everyday player here this season.

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Dodgers add Dustin McGowan to bullpen on one-year deal. Updates w/contract details.

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Dustin McGowan, 32, has a 25-27 record and a 4.57 ERA over parts of seven major-league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers signed veteran right-hander Dustin McGowan to a one-year contract Monday, throwing another power arm into their unsettled bullpen hierarchy. Continue reading

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And Julio Urias’ 2015 innings limit will be …


PHOENIX, Ariz. — Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said that the front office will meet this spring to discuss Julio Urias’ 2015 workload.

The 18-year-old pitcher threw 87 ⅔ innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga last year.

“It’s just going to be using his total innings last year as a foundation and then building off that — not just regular season but even camp,” Zaidi said. “In general, you don’t want a guy’s innings to jump by more than 20 to 50 innings.”

So, somewhere between 107 ⅔ and 137 ⅔ innings then, right?
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Yoan Moncada signs with the Boston Red Sox: What it means for the Dodgers. Update.

Yoan Moncada agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox on Monday, ending months of speculation surrounding the prized Cuban infielder. He’ll get $31.5 million according to multiple reports, while the Red Sox will pay the same amount in taxes to Major League Baseball because Moncada is 19 years old and has less than five years’ professional experience playing overseas.

The Yankees and Dodgers were the teams most frequently linked to Moncada the past few weeks. According to FoxSports.com:

The Dodgers passed on Moncada as well, unwilling to give up the chance to sign younger international prospects for $300,000 or more the next two years. The Yankees and Red Sox already had forfeited that chance due to previous signings, and now the Dodgers can exploit a market that will not include the two AL East behemoths as competition.

Andrew Friedman gave a tepid response Thursday to a question about whether the Dodgers’ farm system is strong enough for him to be comfortable not signing any big-name Cubans the next two years. General manager Farhan Zaidi said Saturday that “it’s sort of a more tangible opportunity cost to sign (Moncada) and presumably be shut out in the subsequent signing period.”

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Six days after surgery, Kenley Jansen reports to Dodgers’ spring training camp.

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss up to the first month of the regular season following foot surgery last Tuesday. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kenley Jansen arrived in camp Monday, using crutches to walk six days after his procedure in Los Angeles.

The pitcher didn’t need much convincing to get the surgery done after an x-ray revealed a growth in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.

“We’ve just got to see what’s good for you and your career and for the season, (if playing through an injury is) going to hurt the team,” he said. “I’d rather have it moving 100 percent so I can be ready for the season.”

Jansen said he first noticed pain in the affected area last year “if I paid attention sometimes, but not as much.

“If I had to pay attention on it, it was more this year,” he said. “In January the trainers checked it out to see what it is. That’s what I did. I did the right decision, I feel like.”

In five days Jansen will be off crutches and into a protective boot. He’s been cleared to begin upper-body workouts.

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Dodgers’ Ben Rowen recovering quickly from thoracic outlet surgery.

Ben Rowen

Ben Rowen appeared in eight major-league games with the Texas Rangers last year and allowed four runs in 8 2/3 innings. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Brandon Beachy and Chris Withrow, both of whom had Tommy John procedures on their right elbow last year, aren’t the only pitchers in camp recovering from major surgeries.

Right-hander Ben Rowen, a non-roster invitee, had thoracic outlet surgery on his right shoulder last November. It’s the same surgery that ended Josh Beckett’s 2013 season with the Dodgers.

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