Greinke breezes through rehab start
Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke was sharp in his first Minor League rehabilitation start, a scoreless, three-inning stint for Class-A Brevard County on Tuesday night.
Greinke retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, struck out four of them and threw 35 pitches in his first game since suffering a cracked rib playing pick-up basketball in Spring Training. According to Mark DeCotis of FLORIDA TODAY, who regularly covers the Brewers’ Florida State League affiliate, Greinke threw 11 of his 13 pitches for strikes in the first inning, five of six pitches for strikes in a quick second inning and 11 of 16 pitches for strikes in the third, when he finally allowed a hit.
The hit belonged to Tampa catcher Mitch Abeita, who reached on a one-out single to second base. Greinke struck out the next two batters to end his outing.
According to a report passed along to Brewers media relations director Mike Vassallo, Greinke, “felt great” and worked with 91-94 mph fastball velocity.
The Brevard County club is off in five days so Grienke’s next start is expected to be with Triple-A Nashville. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has said Greinke will have to make at least three Minor League starts before the Brewers consider re-instating him from the disabled list, perhaps for a May 4 start against the Braves at Turner Field.
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