After extended layoff, Greinke back to mound

After extended layoff, Greinke back to mound

PHILADELPHIA -- After what manager Ron Roenicke deemed a "really good" bullpen session on Sunday, he's hopeful everything will be back to normal when Zack Greinke makes his first start in 11 days on Tuesday.

"In our discussions when he stops by and talks to me, whether it's in [batting practice] or my office or whatever, have been good," Roenicke said before Monday's series opener against the Phillies. "Lately, he feels good about trying to get back in his routine and with the bullpen [session Sunday]."

But with the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, Roenicke knows things likely won't be completely back to normal for the righty. Greinke, who is set to be a free agent at season's end, has been the subject of trade rumors.

"I don't care who you are, you can't not listen to those things," Roenicke said. "When you're thinking about the possibility of maybe you're going to another team, it's not a real comfortable feeling.

"So I'm hoping mentally, because he prepares so well, I'm hoping he goes into this game like himself, where he's locked in to what he needs to do and he blocks out everything else."