Feeling good, Greinke likely to pitch Monday

Feeling good, Greinke likely to pitch Monday

GLENDALE -- Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said he felt fine after throwing an impressive bullpen session Friday and will likely pitch on Monday.

Greinke, who pitched four innings of a Minor League game on Tuesday, hasn't pitched in a Cactus League game since March 1 because of elbow tenderness and the flu. But with two more scheduled spring starts, he could be in line to make his first start as a Dodger April 5 against the Pirates.

Greinke appeared to be throwing hard and without pain in the bullpen session. He has thrown only five innings over two starts this spring and is on a crash course to rack up enough foundational innings to build the arm strength needed to start the season on the active roster.

In other starting pitcher news, manager Don Mattingly said Chad Billingsley will further test his bruised right index finger starting a Minor League game Saturday, with Hyun-Jin Ryu drawing the start in the night Cactus League game.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.