Zack Greinke’s 2015 season isn’t off to a great start, as the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander reportedly received a preventive shot to help his pitching elbow.  

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Dodgers announced that Greinke will be shut down after getting a “lubricating injection.”

This is an important year for Greinke. He’s 31 years old and has an opt-out clause in his contract after this season, which he could leverage to get more average annual money from the Dodgers or another team in the offseason. 

The Dodgers are smart to play things safe with Greinke, as he’s got the kind of stuff and proven results that can help take this franchise where it hopes to go in October. 

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