Greinke OK with no Opening Day

Greinke OK with no Opening Day

Greinke OK with no Opening Day
PHOENIX -- Don't expect Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke to pitch a fit if someone else gets the nod on Opening Day.

For now, it appears manager Ron Roenicke has Greinke on a path to pitch the Brewers' second game of the season, on April 7 against the Cardinals. Yovani Gallardo is lined up for his third consecutive Opening Day.

"They haven't told us anything yet, but I'm pretty easygoing about that," Greinke said Sunday after his spring debut. "We'll see. When they tell people, then we'll know. ... I think everyone in here will be fine with whatever Ron tells us to do. Like I've said a bunch, he's earned my respect enough to where whatever he wants to do, I'll go with him."

He politely suggested that the beat reporters should find a new hobby.

"If you guys already figured out the starters, people have a lot of time on your hands," Greinke said with a small smile.

Pitching Sunday in relief of Randy Wolf, Greinke worked around three hits in two scoreless innings against a Giants split squad. Greinke threw all of his pitches but the slider, and managed to work in four cut fastballs. He has been working on that pitch in camp and is still deciding whether to make it a permanent part of his arsenal.

"I guess I'm still not positive, but I threw four of them today, and three were good and one was not so good. So, that's not bad for a first start," Greinke said. "I don't think I threw any pitches good every time. It's definitely been getting better. It's got to keep continuing to get better."

His camp is off to a better start than last year, when Greinke cracked a rib playing basketball. He was initially unaware of the extent of his injury and pitched in Cactus League games before shutting down to heal.