GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw 36 pitches and a pitchout today to minor-league hitters on a back field at Camelback Ranch. Only one hitter (Cody Bellinger) made solid contact but that was beside the point.
Greinke’s right elbow felt fine and he’s still on track to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona.
“Everything worked pretty good,” said Greinke, who is about two weeks removed from a lubricating injection in his right elbow. “It’s just building your arm speed up, trying to get comfortable with hitters in the box. That all worked out good today.”
Grunting after he threw each pitch, the minor leaguers were mostly helpless against Greinke’s submaximal effort. Asked to put a percentage on it, the veteran right-hander said: “Close to 100 as you can get to. It wasn’t coming out at 100 percent, but I was trying to.”
Greinke said that’s typical for his first effort against live batters. He gets one more bullpen session Monday, then the Cubs.
“I know it wasn’t great, but they’re not in midseason form either,” Greinke said of the batters. “You don’t get a 100 percent accurate read, but it’s better than nothing.”
Twenty-seven prospects will invade Dodger Stadium this week for the club’s annual winter development camp. (Associated Press photo)
Eighteen-year-old pitching prospect Julio Urias, who was invited to his first major league spring training last week, will take part in the Dodgers’ winter development camp for prospects this week at Dodger Stadium.
The other 23 participants include pitcher Zach Lee, who also took part in last year’s camp and spent all season at Triple-A. Pitchers Carlos Frias and Daniel Coulombe, who earned their first major league call-ups last September, have also been invited. Another pitcher of note is Ross Stripling, who underwent Tommy John surgery in spring training of last year.
Urias isn’t even the youngest invitee. That would be Michael Medina, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic who is 12 days younger than Urias. He finished last season with the Rookie-league AZL Dodgers.
Shortstop prospect Corey Seager, 20, was invited to spring training but was not invited to the camp.