Tag:Zack Greinke
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 5:47 pm

On Deck: Greinke's Brewer debut

Zack Greinke

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Greinke's debut -- As soon as the Brewers traded for Zack Greinke, they went from also-ran to NL Central favorite -- but Greinke's hoops dreams got in the way. Now Greinke's back and making his Brewer debut tonight against the Braves in the second game of the doubleheader. Greinke faces Braves ace Tim Hudson in his first start. With the Brewers entering the day within three games of the first-place Cardinals, he may just be motivated to try, which is good news for Milwaukee. Brewers at Braves, time TBA.

All's Wells that starts Beckett -- Vernon Wells' early-season struggles have been well chronicled -- he's hitting just .176/.227/.269 in his first year with the Angels (not exactly what you want for $86 million). But there's good news, in his 47 plate appearances against Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, he has five home runs and is hitting .293/.383/.756. Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

Little help please -- St. Louis' Chris Carpenter is one of the game's best pitchers. So far this season he has 3.89 ERA with WHIP of 1.216 and 29 strikeouts in 37 innings. He has thrown five quality starts in his six outings this season, but has yet to win a game. It wasn't until his last start that the Cardinals actually won a game he started, although he left down a run in the seventh and Eduardo Sanchez picked up the win against the Braves. Javier Vazquez (2-2, 6.39 ERA) starts for Florida. Marlins at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:27 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 12:27 am

NL Central rotations returning to normal

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Homer BaileyThe National League Central is slowly getting its pitchers back.

Milwaukee will get its first chance to see former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke in the second game of the team's double header in Atlanta on Wednesday, while the Reds announced Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto will return to the rotation this week.

Bailey, pictured, returns on Thursday, while Johnny Cueto will start Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. Cincinnati had planned on giving Cueto another rehab start before activating him from the disable list, but Mike Leake's clunker on Tuesday may have sped up Cueto's timetable.

Leake allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Astros on Tuesday and will likely be moved to the bullpen to serve as the long reliever, with Sam LeCure headed to Louisville in time for the Kentucky Derby.

"Coming out of spring training, [Leake] was going to be our long guy," Baker told reporters, including John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He performed well in those other guys' absence. Tonight was the first time he got whacked around in a while."

Bailey has looked good in his rehab starts, starting three games and allowing just one run on 11 hits in 16 2/3 innings, while striking out 14 and walking four. Cueto's made four starts for Triple-A Louisville, going 0-2 with a 6.28 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs (12 total) on 19 hits in 14 1/3 innings, striking out 13 and walking six.

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:20 pm

Brewers place pitcher on DL with sleep disorder

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Zach BraddockI almost missed it, just because I wasn't too excited about Nyjer Morgan's return from the disabled list, but the Brewers placed left-hander Zach Braddock on the disabled list with a sleep disorder.

Say what?

"This is a real thing," manager Ron Roenicke told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's seeing doctors and having testing for 10 days. The testing confirmed it is a sleep disorder."

Braddock was 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 12 games this season, striking out nine batters in 9 2/3 innings, walking six. Last season he struck out 41 in 33 2/3 innings, going 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA.

Braddock has had some of the same issues that fellow Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke had when he was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, and now he's getting treated.

"It's just a sleep issue that we've had test on in the past week," Braddock said. "Right now, the baseball schedule isn't conducive to figuring it out. It's the best interests of mine and the team to take some time off and deal with it.

"I'm not a doctor but I'm guessing it's something I've had my entire life. I'm not sure. I hope it can be [addressed in 15 days]. I'm working closely with the team doctors. I'll do whatever the team wants me to do."

It's not something I've ever seen before, but a couple of years ago nobody reported any kind of depression or other types of mental issues on injury reports. Sleep disorders are a serious issue (and, well, I have a consultation on one later this month) and good for Braddock and the Brewers for recognizing this and being proactive about this issue. If he gets it figured out now, it could pay off later in the season.

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 6:14 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2011 6:39 pm

Zack Greinke to start May 4

By Evan Brunell

GreinkeZack Greinke will finally make his Brewers debut on May 4th in Atlanta, the Brewers announced.

Greinke has missed the entire year so far after fracturing his rib after an ill-advised pickup basketball game at the beginning of spring training. Greinke had trouble focusing last season for a team that was down and out, but delivered a 2009 AL Cy Young Award after a sublime season and the Brew Crew is certainly looking forward to Greinke helming the top of the rotation.

Milwaukee is 13-12 entering play Saturday, two games behind the Cardinals. With Greinke now in the fold, the Brewers are a team to be feared. If Greinke can pitch up to expectations, they may end up the team to beat in the division ahead of St. Louis and Cincinnati.

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 1:12 am
Edited on: April 30, 2011 1:17 am

Greinke appears on target to start next week

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Zack GreinkeZack Greinke made what may have been his final minor-league rehab start on Friday, allowing seven hits and two runs in five innings for Triple-A Nashville against Albuquerque.

Greinke threw 75 pitches, 50 for strikes. He walked one and struck out seven against the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate.

It was Greinke's third rehab start out of what was scheduled to be three starts in the minors.

"I know he's looking forward to this being his last one there," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com before the Brewers' game with the Astros. "Hopefully, it's a good outing that he gets a lot of innings in. 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.

The Brewers are looking at starting him either Wednesday or Thursday in Atlanta, limiting to 90 pitches in that outing. Wednesday would be five days rest, but Thursday would set up the rest of the team's rotation, and find a way to put Yovani Gallardo between the team's two left-handed starters, Chris Narveson and Randy Wolf.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 4:24 pm

Greinke can't finish 3 innings in minors

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Zack GreinkeBefore Sunday's game against the Astros, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said the Brewers wouldn't rush Zack Greinke's return to the Brewers.

Hours later, he showed why, struggling a little against the Royals' Triple-A affiliate in a start for the Nashville Sounds.

Greinke went 2 2/3 innings, allowed three hits and two runs, walking one and striking out two. He finished with 54 pitches, 32 strikes.

It was Greinke's second minor-league rehab outing. He threw 35 pitches in three innings at Class A Brevard County on Tuesday. He is scheduled to make another start for Nashville on Friday.

Roenicke said Greinke wasn't pressing the team to get back sooner than the first week in May.

"Not any more," Roenicke told Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He was. 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."

Greinke retired the first five batters he faced on Sunday before giving up a double to Lance Zawadzki in the second and walking Gregor Blanco, but struck out Irving Falu to end the inning. In the third, he allowed back-to-back triples, including one to center fielder Lorenzo Cain, one of the players the Brewers gave up to get Greinke. Greinke was relieved after Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly.

Former Brewer Jeff Suppan started for the Storm Chasers.

While Greinke is still a few starts away, the Brewers expect to get right fielder Corey Hart back as soon as Tuesday. Hart is scheduled to play all nine innings for the Sounds on Monday and then could return either Tuesday or Wednesday.

"We'll see how [Monday] goes," Roenicke told MLB.com. "If his at-bats are good and he feels his timing is there, we may try to do something."

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 10:27 am

Pepper: Greinke progressing

Zack Greinke
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Great news for the Brewers -- with the Reds' loss and Brewers' win on Tuesday, the Brewers are tied for first place in the National League Central. And Zack Greinke is on his way back.

Greinke threw three scoreless innings at Class A Brevard County on Tuesday night. Greinke retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, struck out four and threw 35 pitches. He allowed a single hit, to Tampa's Mitch Abeita, who singled with one out int he third. Greinke struck out the next two batters he faced.

According to the Brewers, Greinke said he "felt great" and threw 91-94 mph with his fastball.

Greinke's next start is expected to be Sunday for Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers want him to make at least three starts in the minor leagues, so he'd return May 4 against the Braves at Turner Field.

And hey, with the Brewers in contention, Greinke may decide to try this year, so that's nice. [MLB.com]

BASEBALL TODAY -- NESN.com's Tony Lee joins Lauren Shehadi to talk Red Sox as Boston is still looking for its first road win following Tuesday's loss in Oakland (as predicted on yesterday's Baseball Today by some wise, handsome baseball writer).

MESSAGE SENT -- Tim Hudson didn't mean to throw at Dodgers rookie Jerry Sands on Monday -- he was just throwing at his body. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

A-ROD RETURNING -- Alex Rodriguez is expected back in the Yankees' lineup tonight. He hasn't played since leaving Saturday's game with lower-back and oblique stiffness. [New York Post]

SO YOU'RE SAYING THERE'S A CHANCE -- If the Nationals win both games of their doubleheader today and the Phillies and Marlins both lose, Washington will lead the NL East. [Washington Post]

MISSING MARTINEZ -- The Tigers won't move the hobbled Magglio Ordonez to designated hitter full-time with Victor Martinez on the disabled list. Alex Aliva will catch most of the games with Martinez out, but Omir Santos, called up Tuesday, will catch some, including today. [Detroit Free Press]

UPTON HISTORY -- A cool look at the history of Upton brothers rumors -- and there's been a lot for the pair from Chesapeake, Va, the latest that the Nationals are now scouting B.J. Upton (he's the one with the Rays). [MLBTradeRumors.com]

Mets PLATOON -- The Mets will platoon Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner at second base. [New York Times]

STAND BY YOUR MAN -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has issued a vote of confidence in his closer, Jonathan Broxton. Broxton has a 6.14 ERA, but has converted all five of his save opportunities this season. [MLB.com]

SIZEMORE'S SCHEDULE -- The Indians will be watching Grady Sizemore carefully in his return. He won't play more than two games in a row during his first week back and that could be the plan for a while. [Akron Beacon Journal]

BRADEN TO SEE SPECIALIST -- A's left-hander Dallas Braden will see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Wednesday for another opinion on his stiff left shoulder. Right-hander Tyson Ross will take Braden's spot in the rotation, starting Friday in Seattle. [MLB.com]

MOYER'S PLAN -- Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer, 48, will start his throwing work on May 1. Moyer had Tommy John surgery on Dec. 1. [Philly.com]

KINGLY DRAW? -- Do more people come to see Felix Hernandez pitch? The Seattle Times' Larry Stone breaks down the numbers and the result is -- a few. [Seattle Times]

DODGER VICE CHAIRMAN -- I think Frank McCourt is awesome and should be emperor of the universe.

Hey, we all want a good, cushy job. Writing positive things about mcCourt worked for Steve Soboroff. The Los Angels developer was hired by the Dodgers as their vice chairman and will be charged with "leading the efforts to improve the fan experience at the stadium, strengthening ties to the region's community and philanthropic organizations, and expanding conservation and sustainability programs at Dodger Stadium."

To me it sounds like you've just got to go to a ton of baseball games, complain about the lines at the bathroom, go to some parties and drink some beers and wine -- and when you're done, make sure you throw the cans and bottles into the recycling bin. And all he had to do was write a letter to the Los Angeles Times saying the Dodgers' owner is super-duper. So, yeah, Frank McCourt, over here! I think you're awesome and doing a bang-up job.

YANKEE THEFT -- A woman is accusing the Yankees of stealing their famous top-hat logo from her late uncle in 1936. [New York Post]

BYE BYE PING -- Are the new college bat rules helping or hurting scouting? [FanGraphs]

GARBAGE ON, OFF THE FIELD -- The Mariners gave away compost as a promotion -- luckily for players, it was given away after the game. [MetsGrrl]

YOUK! -- The Kevin Youkilis Photoshop contest. [Big League Stew]

ANGELIC WEDDING -- If you find a woman who will let you have your wedding at a baseball stadium? Well, that means you are a lucky, lucky man. Congrats, Matt Griffin. [Orange County Register]

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 6:01 pm

Zack Greinke ready for rehab starts

By Evan Brunell

GreinkeZack Greinke tossed a 30-pitch simulated outing on Friday and came away so pleased with the results that he feels as if he's ready to go on a rehab assignment.

"I threw a lot of strikes. I located, in and out, pretty good," Greinke said according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I might not be the sharpest or the best, but I feel ready. I feel I can execute some things and get some outs."

Greinke has been recovering from fractured ribs suffered by diving for a basketball n spring training. It can be a nasty injury to recover from as Jacoby Ellsbury will tell you, but Greinke appears to have suffered a less severe fracture. Of course, it also helps he was diagnosed correctly from the start.

While Greinke is harboring hope he can be ready to return by the end of the month after just two rehab starts, manager Ron Roenicke believes Greinke will need three.

"He needs to pitch at least three times," he said, noting that Greinke would be on a 30-35 pitch count limit in his first outing, escalating to 50 in his second and 75 in his last. "Once he gets around 75 pitches, then he's pretty much ready," Roenicke added.

The current schedule has Greinke pitching Tuesday for Class A, then April 24 -- five days later -- for Triple-A. Assuming a third start came April 29, that would put him on track to make his Brewers debut on May 4 against the Braves.

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