Greinke to be available in 'pen for Game 5

Greinke to be available in 'pen for Game 5

MILWAUKEE -- If needed, Zack Greinke will be available out of the Brewers' bullpen Friday for Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the D-backs.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke opted to bring back Game 1 starter Yovani Gallardo on extra rest for the final game of the series, rather than pitch Greinke on regular rest. But with it being an elimination game, Greinke will be one of the top options out of the bullpen if needed.

"Zack would be available, and not just if Yo isn't pitching well," Roenicke said. "Who knows, [Gallardo] could get a line drive back off a leg or something, and he's got to come out. So Zack will be available tomorrow."

Roenicke said he already has had a conversation with Greinke about a potential relief appearance in Game 5. Greinke pitched as a reliever in 2007, when after eight starts he was moved to the Royals' bullpen for nearly four months.

Greinke is 5-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 41 career relief appearances, picking up one save. He last pitched out of the bullpen on Aug. 20, 2007.