Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 3/16/13
PHOENIX Zack Greinke played catch Friday, throwing a baseball for the first time since he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sore elbow four days earlier. Pretty good, Greinke said. Greinke said he made 60 throws at 75 feet. Doing more tomorrow, he said. Greinke said he didnt know if a tentative date had been set for him to throw a bullpen session. Manager Don Mattingly said earlier that Greinke wouldnt return to the mound until some time next week. Greinke didnt know if the PRP injection was responsible for making him feel better. Its an interesting thing, though, he said. It will be interesting to see when it gets proven whether it works or proven it doesnt do anything. I saw a Kardashian got it in her face, though. On a recent episode of Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Kim Kardashian was shown receiving PRP injections in her face to treat her skin. The treatment is known as a vampire facial. With only two weeks remaining in spring training, Manager Don Mattingly said he didnt think it would be possible for Greinke to pitch in more than two exhibition games before the start of the regular season. Greinke has pitched in only two games this spring and appears to be a longshot to be able to face the San Francisco Giants on April 2. Because the Dodgers have two days off in the first eight days of the regular season, they wont need a fifth starter until April 13. They could therefore place Greinke on the disabled list without making any alterations to their rotation. Mattingly said he doesnt want to use Greinke if he is at less than full strength, noting the burden it would place on his relievers. While the Dodgers have as many as three high-paid starting pitchers who could be moved to the bullpen -- Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly are the likely candidates -- Mattingly didnt sound open to the idea of using any of them as a long reliever after an abbreviated start by Greinke. -Dylan Hernandez
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