Greinke remains on track after rehab start

Greinke remains on track after rehab start

MILWAUKEE -- Zack Greinke remained on track for an early-May Brewers debut after throwing 54 pitches in a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.

Greinke, on the disabled list because of the cracked left rib he suffered in Spring Training, allowed two runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings for Nashville against Omaha. He walked one and struck out two in his second of three scheduled Minor League starts.

"Maybe the velocity was still there, but the control wasn't that sharp," Greinke told the Nashville Tennessean. "When that happens the control has to get better, and it didn't.

"Through almost the whole first two innings I felt real good. But they had a couple long at-bats and I hadn't really had any real long innings yet."

He will make at least one more start with Nashville on Friday, against Albuquerque. If he continues pitching every five days, Greinke is on track to pitch for the Brewers in Atlanta on May 4, and -- very tentatively -- at Miller Park against the Padres on April 9.

Greinke had previously pushed to re-join the Brewers earlier.

"Not anymore," manager Ron Roenicke said with a smile, intimating the two had a chat last week. "To bring back Zack a week earlier or five days earlier and really not have his arm strength, it makes no sense to me. We need this guy for the long haul.

"When he's back here, I want him to be solid for the rest of the season, hopefully getting us into the playoffs. That's when I want him good."