Dodgers’ Zack Greinke faces live hitters for the first time.


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.”

Morning notes: Dodgers rotation aligned for next week (and season-opening series).

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly spelled out his rotation for the next week to reporters gathered at Camelback Ranch this morning. Here’s what it looks like:

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

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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.”