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:
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.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Updating our previous post, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke received something the team called a “lubricating injection” in his right elbow Thursday. He’s expected to be back on a normal routine in a few days.
“I think they wanted to have (the injection) a couple days earlier but they really wanted the doc to be here,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We had to wait a couple days.”
Mattingly said that Greinke has received the injection each of the past two years as well, a fact the team didn’t disclose until today.
“Zack had thrown like five bullpens and it’s something he’d planned on doing,” Mattingly said.
If Greinke has had the injection before, it’s worth questioning its efficacy.
In August of last year the Dodgers delayed one of Greinke’s starts for two days because of elbow soreness; he said the injury had been bothering him for a month at the time. Greinke left Camelback Ranch midway through his first camp with the Dodgers because of inflammation in the back of his right elbow.