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Yuniesky Betancourt, the Brewers’ regular shortstop last season, has re-signed with the Royals to serve as a utility infielder, that team announced in a statement. He’ll be a backup for Alcides Escobar, one of the key players in the December 2010 deal that brought Betancourt and Zack Greinke to Milwaukee for a quartet of premium prospects.
“We have been looking for a utility infielder who could play short, third and second base and we feel Yuni is a great fit,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said in a press release. “He brings a right-handed bat with some power and is a guy we know fits in well in the clubhouse.”
The Brewers won’t get any Draft compensation for Betancourt because they declined to offer him arbitration after declining his $6 million club option for 2012. He got a $2 million buyout instead, cash that came from the Royals as part of the trade.
The Brewers have already replaced Betancourt with free agent Alex Gonzalez, a similar free-swinger who is considered a better defensive player.
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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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Right-hander Zack Greinke threw his second bullpen session on Saturday and is on a tentative schedule that puts him back in the Brewers’ starting rotation during the first week of May.
Greinke is no longer feeling any discomfort from his cracked left rib and again threw his full assortment of pitches in the bullpen on Saturday afternoon. He has a series of bullpens and simulated games ahead of him, but the Brewers have already scheduled two rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Nashville during the final week of April. Greinke would throw 40-45 pitches in the first and about 75 pitches in the second.
Assuming he has no setbacks along that aggressive schedule, then he would be ready to make his Brewers debut during a three-city road trip that ends with stops in Atlanta (May 2-5) and St. Louis (May 6-8).
“Everything is feeling good,” Greinke said after Saturday’s session. “Now it’s just as fast as I can get ready. It’s not 100 percent right now, but it’s pretty good.”
Greinke was asked how stretched out he’d have to be to feel comfortable starting a Major League game.
“It depends on how you’re feeling,” he said. “It’s possible I may need to get a full, six-inning start [in the Minors]. It’s possible it’s just three innings. That’s just my opinion. … It usually takes four or five [starts] in Spring Training to start feeling good, but at the same time I’m kind of messing around your first couple of starts.
“So, maybe I’ll still need five. Maybe only two or three. I don’t know. I’ve never had to come back like this before.”
As for his arm strength, “It’s not there yet, but maybe not too much longer for that. [When the arm strength is back,] then you get pitching down a little bit.”
The Brewers will rely partly on Greinke’s own analysis of his progress.
“He’s going to have to tell us if he’s ready to go,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said.
“Too bad it wasn’t a couple of weeks ago at this point,” he said. “But for right now, it’s good, so that’s nice. I’ve accepted it. It’s just too bad. I’m just trying to get ready and not have another setback, and be able to pitch the rest of the season strong. That’s the goal.”
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The great website MLBTradeRumors.com got its hands on a copy of the uniform player’s contract, and I thought Brewers fans may be particularly interested in the section about “other sports.” This topic came up earlier this month when right-hander Zack Greinke was injured playing pick-up basketball.
Other Sports5.(b) The Player and the Club recognize and agree that the Player’s participation in certain other sports may impair or destroy his skill and ability as a baseball player. Accordingly, the Player agrees that he will not engage in professional boxing or wrestling; and that, except with the written consent of the Club, he will not engage in skiing, auto racing, motorcycle racing, sky diving, or in any game or exhibition of football, soccer, professional league basketball, ice hockey or other sport involving a substantial risk of personal injury.
Center fielder Carlos Gomez is the latest Brewers regular to show up on the injury report. He was supposed to start Monday’s game against the Giants, but complained of a stiff back so Brandon Boggs is playing instead.
Some notes from the Brewers’ clubhouse this morning: