Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will get a good look at all five of his projected starters in live batting practice today, including high-profile newcomer Zack Greinke. Roenicke is already a fan of Greinke’s complex personality.
“I really like his personality, and you guys know this from the conversation [on Tuesday, when Greinke met with a group of reporters], there’s no beating around the bush,” Roenicke said. “He just lays it out there.
“Say we’re covering first base [in drills] — and this is ‘for instance,’ he didn’t say this. If I say to him, ‘Hey Zack, have we done enough covering first base?’ He’ll say, ‘Yeah, that’s a waste of time.’ He’s just telling me what he thinks. There’s no malice in what he says.”
Roenicke also lauded Greinke’s work ethic.
“He’s one of those guys like [catcher Jonathan Lucroy] — he puts a lot of effort into this,” Roenicke said. “He studies video, he studies the advanced reports. He knows what he wants to do, and he gets locked in on a thing.”
Roenicke was prodded again Wednesday to reveal whether Greinke or somebody else would get the Opening Day nod against the Reds, who have already named their three starters for the opening series. Roenicke said he has an idea, but had yet to inform the players.
So that announcement will have to wait.