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Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu closer to rejoining Dodgers rotation

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers pitching staff is starting to come together, with Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu getting closer to returning to the starting rotation.

Both are lined up to face hitters in live batting practice this weekend, with Greinke pitching to hitters on Friday and Ryu on Saturday, rebounding from an elbow injection and back spasms, respectively.

Greinke and Ryu would then start in a game five days after their live batting practice sessions, slotting in after Clayton Kershaw, who is scheduled to start next Tuesday after his Cactus League debut against the White Sox today.

The Dodgers will start Zach Lee and David Huff on Friday, Mike Bolsinger on Saturday, Brandon McCarthy on Sunday and Brett Anderson on Monday to round out the first time through the rotation order.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, we have a game to watch today, which is Clayton Kershaw's first start of the spring. John Danks starts for the White Sox.

Other pitchers scheduled to pitch besides Kershaw are Joe Wieland, Chris Hatcher, Brandon League, Daniel Coulombe and Ryan Buchter.

Scheduled reserves for the Dodgers include Corey Seager at shortstop, Scott Schebler in right field, Kyle Jensen at first base, Buck Britton at third base, Austin Barnes at catcher, Darnell Sweeney at second base, Alex Guerrero at designated hitter and O`Koyea Dickson in left field.

Up from the minor league side for the Dodgers on Thursday are outfielders Travis Witherspoon (No. 85) and Joey Curletta (96), infielder Luis Mateo (86), and pitchers Jeremy Horst (97), Jeremy Kehrt (87) and Steve Smith (95).