Greinke begins throwing
Good news this morning from Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who said that right-hander Zack Greinke is pain-free and played catch on Friday at Maryvale Baseball Park. It’s his first step back from a cracked left rib suffered earlier this spring.
Greinke is still a long way from throwing off a mound, much less pitching in a game. But Friday’s game of catch at least marked a milestone in his comeback.
Some other notes from our morning clubhouse availability:
– With the caveat that nothing is set until the roster is submitted Thursday morning, it appears that left-handers Zach Braddock and Mitch Stetter will both make the Opening Day bullpen. Braddock won his job based on what he did for the Brewers last season, and Stetter based on a very impressive Spring Training. I’ll have some comments from Stetter later.
– No surprise here, but catcher Mike Rivera has been told he won’t make the team. He’ll go to Triple-A Nashville instead to back-up catcher Martin Maldonado and to play some first base.
– Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was talking about taking batting practice on Sunday and will visit Dr. Don Sheridan on Monday, at which time he could be cleared to play in Minor League games. Lucroy is coming back from a fractured right pinkie finger. I also spoke again with right fielder Corey Hart, who said he’s still making progress with his left oblique strain. I’ll post some of this thoughts later, too.
– Bear with me on the blog. We’re in the process of switching over to new software, and I haven’t been given any information about what’s happened to the archive. Hopefully, things will be back to normal soon.
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