‘Outside chance’ Greinke debuts by end of April
With Jonathan Lucroy off the disabled list, who’s next to get healthy for the Brewers?
It could be left-hander Manny Parra, who has been out with a back injury but pitched at Class A Wisconsin on Saturday and is scheduled for the first of several appearances for Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday night. Right-hander LaTroy Hawkins is pitching at Class A Brevard County, regaining arm strength after right shoulder surgery last August.
Corey Hart and Zack Greinke are working toward their own Minor League rehabilitation assignments. Hart (left oblique) will take batting practice with the Brewers on Tuesday in Pittsburgh and the Brewers hope to get him to Nashville by the end of the week.
Greinke might not be far behind. He felt so good in a pair of bullpen sessions during the Brewers’ just-completed homestand that the team is accelerating his comeback from a cracked left rib. Greinke is to throw live batting practice on Tuesday and again later in the week, either Thursday in Pittsburgh or during the Brewers’ next series in Washington, D.C. After that, Greinke could be ready to pitch for a Minor League affiliate.
There is an “outside chance,” if all goes well in his next steps, that Greinke makes his Brewers debut before the end of April, assistant general manager Gord Ash said.
“Every day, these things change,” Ash said. “Right now, I would say he’s a tick or two ahead of schedule, but when it comes to injuries, there really is no schedule.”
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