Peralta ready to step up in place of Greinke

Peralta ready to step up in place of Greinke

PHOENIX -- Twenty-one-year-old Wily Peralta will start again for the Brewers on Friday, and his chances look better than ever to be the first man to fill in for the injured Zack Greinke.

The Brewers were originally eyeing three young right-handers on the 40-man roster to start April 6 against the Braves, the first time they'll need a fifth starter to step in. But with Amaury Rivas and Mark Rogers optioned back to the Minors, Peralta has a clear path to the assignment.

The Brewers will also consider some non-roster pitchers, including Eulogio De La Cruz and Marco Estrada.

"Nobody wants anyone to get hurt, but I'll just do what I know how to do out there, and they'll make the decision on giving me the opportunity," Peralta said. "I know there are a lot of us here that could be given the opportunity, and I'll just do my job.

"I'd be very happy to be in the Majors [to start the season], that's everyone's goal. You come here with the purpose of being in the Majors."

The Brewers tentatively need a fifth starter April 6, 16 and 26, and could use a combination of players in that role.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was very impressed with Peralta's live batting practice last month. Now he'd like to see that guy in a game.

"I don't know if he's amped up and he wants to show everybody," said Roenicke, who has not seen the same command from Peralta in games. "I don't know. It's hard to tell. If he was, I can't blame him. He wants to show us something, and he's just not locating his pitches."

Said Peralta: "I think I'm going to give my best stuff. The previous games, you know, my mechanics [were off], but I feel good now and I think I'm going to give my best stuff."