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Zack Greinke shut down a few days after elbow injection

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke had a lubricating injection in his right elbow and will be shut down for a few days, the team announced on Saturday.

The club called this a preventative measure, and part of his planned preseason conditioning. Manager Don Mattingly said Greinke has had this same injection in each of Greinke's three springs with the Dodgers.

"It's pretty much been a common spring thing since we've had him," Mattingly said.

Greinke is expected to resume his normal routine within a few days. Mattingly said Greinke threw five bullpen sessions before reporting to camp.

Elbow concern is nothing new for Greinke, who has dealt with issues in each of his first two years in Los Angeles. He had an injection of platelet-rich plasma into his elbow during spring training in 2013 which delayed his start to the season, then in August 2014 had a start pushed back with elbow discomfort.