Zack Greinke throws to hitters for first time this spring

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Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke required a lubricating injection in his right elbow upon arriving to spring training in mid-February, but it was never a major concern and now he’s on the verge of making his Cactus League debut.

According to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, Greinke faced hitters Friday for the first time this spring. He threw 36 pitches to 10 minor league hitters over two simulated innings and didn’t feel any issues with his elbow.

“Everything worked pretty good,” said Greinke, who threw all of his pitches. “You’re just building your arm speed up and trying to get comfortable with hitters in the box. That all worked out.”

Greinke is slated to throw one more bullpen session before making his first Cactus League start next Wednesday against the Indians. He’s right on track for the start of the season.

Greinke, 31, owns a 2.68 ERA in 60 starts over his first two seasons with the Dodgers. He has the ability to opt out of his contract after the 2015 season.