Greinke has lubricating injection in right elbow

Veteran starter attempting to prevent annual Spring Training dead arm

Greinke has lubricating injection in right elbow

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Attempting to head off his annual spring dead arm, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke on Thursday had a lubricating injection in his right elbow.

Greinke, who has said he's had nagging elbow discomfort nearly every Spring Training, will be shut down for a few days, but the Dodgers are calling this a precautionary measure rather than a new injury.

"It's been part of the play for him, but we waited a couple days because we wanted the doc to see him," said manager Don Mattingly.

Greinke, who declined to comment on the injection, had thrown bullpen sessions before Thursday's official reporting day for pitchers and catchers, but the club held off on the injection until he could be seen by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

"He threw five bullpens. This is something he planned to do. The way doc tells me, it's part of his preseason conditioning."

Greinke had discomfort in his first Spring Training with the Dodgers, 2013, and received a platelet-rich plasma injection that March. Last August, he skipped between-starts bullpen sessions but pitched through similar discomfort.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.