Zack Greinke scheduled to pitch in minors game Wednesday

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The progress continues for righty Zack Greinke.

According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Greinke is scheduled to throw around 45 pitches in a minor league game Wednesday in camp. To provide a familiar backdrop, A.J. Ellis will start at catcher.

Greinke was diagnosed last week with inflammation in the back of his right (pitching) elbow. But he threw a pair of bullpen sessions this weekend and reported no lingering pain or discomfort in either workout.

The 29-year-old is currently on track to make his first regular-season start on April 5 against the Pirates.

He was originally slated to start the Dodgers’ second game of 2013 — April 2 vs. the rival Giants.

Greinke agreed to a six-year, $147 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this offseason.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.