Greinke bumped from Wednesday start
Something’s up today with Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke, who was bumped from his scheduled start on Wednesday and is not listed to pitch in the team’s subsequent series in Cincinnati, either. Brewers spokesperson Mike Vassallo announced via Twitter that young righty Tyler Thornburg would pitch in Greinke’s place on Wednesday against the Cardinals and said manager Ron Roenicke would elaborate on the situation this afternoon.
I’m efforting to gather more information before than and will pass along what I learn.
UPDATE at 11:15 p.m. CT: I haven’t heard back from Brewers GM Doug Melvin or assistant GM Gord Ash, but Melvin told FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that there was nothing physically wrong with Greinke. According to Melvin, via Rosenthal, the Brewers were giving Greinke a chance to “recharge his batteries.”
Greinke started three consecutive team games last week, but the first two outings were abbreviated and the third came after the four-day All-Star break. It’s somewhat surprising that he would need an opportunity to recharge his batteries with the Brewers in the middle of their most critical portion of the schedule, nine straight games against the three teams (Pirates, Cardinals and Reds) they trail in the National League Central standings.
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