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Greinke, Ryu skip Sunday bullpen sessions


GLENDALE, Ariz.-- Sunday was the day Dodgers starters Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu would have thrown their bullpen sessions, but neither did.

Greinke had "a little forearm tightness and thought it best to give it a day to let it rest," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "It's nothing to be alarmed about. He's had it before and he's still expected to make his next start [Wednesday]."

Greinke didn't miss the pre-game workout, shagging in the outfield but making very few overhand throws. As a nine-year veteran, Greinke has the club's trust that he knows what it takes to get ready for the season. Ryu, on the other hand, is an unknown.

Honeycutt said Ryu never threw bullpen sessions as a star in Korea, and the left-hander doesn't want to vary from that routine. The Dodgers, trying to help his transition to a more frequent and demanding workload in the Major Leagues, have suggested he follow the typical routine of starters -- throwing a bullpen session two or three days after a start -- but aren't pushing it.

"We are giving him the opportunity to show that his custom works, while he sees how it's done here," Honeycutt said. "We'll try this until we see if it needs to improve."

Greinke has allowed two earned runs in five innings this spring. Ryu has allowed two earned runs in three innings.

Meanwhile, Ted Lilly missed his second day of workouts. He was given Saturday to care for his family, who were stricken by a wave of the flu. By Sunday, he had caught whatever they had. It's not clear if he will be able to make his next scheduled appearance on Tuesday.

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