Greinke throws in bullpen, feels 'same as I did last year'

Greinke throws in bullpen, feels 'same as I did last year'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After throwing his first bullpen session since a Thursday elbow injection, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said he has no more concern about his health now than he did a year ago.

"It's the same as I did last year, at the end of the year, at the beginning of the year, in the offseason and the last time I talked to you guys," said Greinke. "There's always a little bit of concern."

In what was described by the club as a planned and preventative measure, Greinke received a lubricating injection of hyaluronic acid, which he has received in previous springs. The lubrication is generally used to supplement natural synovial fluid in arthritic joints.

Greinke made 24 pitches Tuesday, all fastballs, which he said was "normal bullpen percentage" intensity, working on "form and locating pitches. Once I get that down, move to other things. You try to do that right away and don't really move forward."

He said he expects to pitch at least one more bullpen session before throwing live batting practice, saying he's "maybe three or four days behind some people. That's not a big deal."

Greinke said preparing for this season should be easier than last year, when the Dodgers started Spring Training early because of the season-opening set in Australia, which Greinke missed with a strained calf.

"That caused trouble with a lot of pitchers, maybe not hitters," he said. "Having to get ready extra fast and be ready before everyone else, it was just a weird situation last year."

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