Greinke ready for rehab starts

After passing his latest test, Zack Greinke is ready to go pitch.

Greinke, whose Brewers debut has been delayed by a cracked left rib, threw a second simulated game on Friday afternoon at Nationals Park and was deemed fit to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment next week. He’s tentatively scheduled to make a 30-35 pitch start on Tuesday for Class A Brevard County.

“It might not be the sharpest or the best,” Greinke said, “but we’ll be ready. I feel like I can execute stuff and get the endurance, and hopefully get ready.”

Assuming Tuesday’s start goes well, the Brewers could evaluate whether to boost Greinke to a more advanced affiliate for a subsequent start of about 50 pitches. Manager Ron Roenicke said he expects Grienke to make “at least three” starts in the Minor Leagues before joining the Brewers.

On Friday, Greinke took the mound just before 3 p.m. local time and pitched to teammates Mark Kotsay, George Kottraras and Erick Almonte. Greinke threw a pair of 15-pitch simulated innings and used his full arsenal.

“I threw a lot of strikes,” Greinke said. “I threw strikes with the off-speed, located in and out pretty good. It was pretty good, all-around.”


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