Greinke could make Brewers debut on May 4

Greinke could make Brewers debut on May 4

Greinke could make Brewers debut on May 4
Houston -- Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke threw 75 pitches in his rehab assignment for Triple-A Nashville on Friday and is on schedule to make his Brewers debut, most likely on May 4 in Atlanta, where he could throw as many as 90 pitches.

Friday was the last of three scheduled rehab starts for Greinke, who cracked a rib in Spring Training.

"I know he's looking forward to this being his last one there," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said prior to Friday's game. "To get up and down is what's important. I hope he doesn't run through his pitch count to where he's not getting up and down a lot.

"But he feels good. He was a little disappointed in his offspeed stuff the last time, so hopefully he'll get that on track."

In Friday's 4-1 loss to Albuquerque, Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young winner with the Royals, went five innings. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs with seven strikeouts and one walk. He was touched for a home and was charged with the loss. Greinke was targeted for 75 pitches on Friday and he hit that mark, with 50 for strikes.

Roenicke said the Brewers are trying to figure out where to slot Greinke in the rotation.

"It will be either his fifth or sixth day," said Roenicke. "We may move the rotation around a bit. We're trying to see where we can put [right-hander Marco] Estrada and still trying to slot [Yovani Gallardo] in between the two lefties [Chris Narveson and Randy Wolf]."