|The Brewers have scratched Zack Greinke from his Wednesday start against the Cardinals. (US Presswire)|
Zack Greinke will not make his scheduled start on Wednesday -- nor in the upcoming series with first-place Cincinnati -- in order to rest after making three starts in seven days. CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports Greinke isn't hurt and fine physically, they just want to give the right-hander extra rest after a rough stretch that's seen him give up 14 earned runs in his last 14 innings.
Monday afternoonBrewers media relations director Mike Vassallo tweeted the following:
The Brewers host the Cardinals tonight at 8:10 p.m. ET, so expect manager Ron Roenicke to meet with the media sometime around 5 p.m. ET.
According to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Greinke hasn't been traded, just been pushed back for "recharging his batteries."
#Brewers GM Melvin: Nothing physically wrong with Greinke. Just pushing him back, "recharging his batteries."— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 16, 2012
That makes more sense with the Brewers saying Roenicke would adress the media on Greinke's status. Greinke has allowed 14 earned runs in 14 innings over his last four outings -- one of which was cut short by an ejecting in the first inning. He started three of the team's games in a row -- the Saturday before the All-Star break, when he was ejected in the first inning. He then started the next day, the final game before the break. He then started the first game after the break on Friday, becoming the first pitcher since Red Faber of the White Sox in 1917 to start three straight games for his team.
That doesn't mean, however, that a trade isn't in the works. Scratching him now would give him another start for his new team if he's traded in the next couple of days, or the Brewers could be resting him up for one more showcase start.
Zack Greinke will likely be traded before July 31, it just doesn't appear it'll happen today.