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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Spring training games in Texas?
Count on it. Twice.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers announced their lineup for their 1 p.m. Wednesday game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa:
(Zack Greinke P)
The listed reserves: Matt Carson, Kyle Jensen, Scott Schebler, Shawn Zarraga, Chris O’Brien, Austin Barnes, Erisbel Arruebarrena, O’Koyea Dickson, Buck Britton, Darnell Sweeney, Alex Guerrero and Corey Seager.
It’s the first spring start for Puig in center field and the first start for Greinke, period.
Dexter Fowler CF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Starlin Castro SS
Miguel Montero C
Chris Coghlan LF
Mike Olt 3B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Arismendy Alcantara 2B
Mike Baxter DH
Jon Lester, LHP
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.”