Greinke's April 16 target seen as optimistic

Greinke's April 16 target seen as optimistic

Greinke's April 16 target seen as optimistic
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke's return has been considered relatively open-ended, but the best-case scenario of him returning for the April 16 start is likely out of the picture now, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday.

"If he's ready at that point, I'm going to be really happy," Roenicke said. "I just don't know if he's going to be ready then. I think we're not really planning on that early."

Greinke has yet to play catch. He has been doing cardiovascular training, elevating his heart rate to the point where he feels the rib injury, Roenicke said.

The Brewers' quest for a starter to fill in for Greinke into the regular season got more complicated Friday in the span of eight hitters.

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Wily Peralta, the 21-year-old right-hander who has been considered the likely frontrunner for the temporary spot, recorded just one out and surrendered three doubles that led to five runs before Roenicke pulled the plug.

"It's the same thing, just coming in and, whether it's the big-league setting and he thinks he needs to make a good impression, whatever it is, he's not himself," Roenicke said. "We need to get him to relax and pitch the kind of ballgame we know he can. Hey, at that age, I don't know if I could do that, either."

Peralta's high pitch count in the inning, which included a pair of walks, was the primary reason he was lifted, Roenicke said.

If it's not Peralta who grabs the spot, non-roster invitees Eulogio De La Cruz and Marco Estrada are among the possibilities that have been mentioned, along with Amaury Rivas and Mark Rogers -- both on the 40-man but optioned to Minor League camp earlier this week.