Manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Saturday that Greinke will come off the 15-day DL and pitch that day against the Braves. Greinke has been on the DL all season after cracking a rib on his left side early in spring training playing pick-up basketball.
Greinke made three minor-league rehab appearances to prepare for the start in Atlanta, the latest coming Friday for Class AAA Nashville. He went five innings, allowing seven hits, two runs and one walk, with seven strikeouts.
"It was pretty good," said Greinke, who threw 75 pitches, 50 for strikes. "All my stuff was pretty decent. I was locating pretty good. I was able to use every pitch. None of them were, like, amazing but they were all usable."
As for his readiness to pitch in the majors, Greinke said, "It feels pretty good. Maybe I'm where I should be when the season starts. Maybe one start before that. It should be good enough to be able to pitch my game.
"I didn't really think about anything too much. I'm just looking forward to being back. I was just trying to get ready. That's all I was trying to do."
When Greinke returns he'll be confident there will be no lingering physical concerns, he said.
"I'm healthy, for sure," Greinke said. "I've been healthy for awhile now. I just had to get my arm strength."
Roenicke said Greinke would be restricted to approximately 90 pitches in his first outing.
The Brewers might have wasted even a Greinke gem had he returned Sunday as the Astros shut them out, 5-0.
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