Zack Greinke was all smiles and laughter as he walked off the bullpen mound and into the clubhouse with catcher Alex Avila after a 40-pitch bullpen session that put him back on track to start the season in the D-backs' rotation.
"If I felt this good every day for the rest of my career, it would be amazing," said Greinke, who left his Wednesday start with tightness in his right groin. "I'll definitely be making the next outing. I felt healthy and the pitches were pretty good. Hopefully, that continues. It should; it was a good day."
MLB NEWS: Greinke feels healthy in 1st session since injury - Zack Greinke was all smiles and laughter as he walked off the bullpen mound and into the clubhouse with catcher Alix Avila after a 40-pitch bullpen session that put him back on track to sta... https://t.co/UJVg7MvQ8O— Parker Ranger (@RangerParker) 18 de marzo de 2018
Greinke's bullpen was a little more substantial than normal -- he throws 20 or fewer pitches during a regular season side session -- but having only thrown 19 pitches in his one inning of work Wednesday, the meaty bullpen work helped him make up for lost time.
Greinke didn't say when his next start would be, and manager Torey Lovullo hasn't announced a decision yet.
Torey Lovullo is optimistic after he watched Zack Greinke’s roughly 46-pitch bullpen session Sunday. Nothing for sure yet, but Greinke could end up starting 3rd game of regular season. @Dbacks still not announcing opening day starter. pic.twitter.com/6HScar8dCB— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) 18 de marzo de 2018
"We'll need to drill down to the day and the number of pitches he needs to throw," Lovullo said of Greinke's next spring start. "We need to make sure he's ready and feeling good [Monday] when he gets to the ballpark."
If he continues on his regular schedule of days off, side sessions, and starts, Greinke will not be the Opening Day starter. Lovullo delayed his side session by two days, meaning his subsequent starts would all be delayed two days as well, lining him up for the third game of the season-opening series with the Rockies.