Zack Greinke is scheduled to play catch Friday, four days after he returned to Los Angeles to get his sore right elbow examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Greinke won’t throw a bullpen session until next week. With only two weeks remaining in spring training, Manager Don Mattingly said he didn’t think it would be possible for Greinke to pitch in more than two exhibition games before the start of the regular season.

Greinke has pitched in only two games this spring and appears to be a longshot to be able to face the San Francisco Giants on April 2.

Because the Dodgers have two days off in the first eight days of the regular season, they won’t need a fifth starter until April 13. They could therefore place Greinke on the disabled list without making any alterations to their rotation.