While Brewers fans undoubtedly await the 2011 debut of right-hander Zack Greinke with much anticipation, there also was excitement inside the clubhouse as teammates awaited his start Wednesday night in Atlanta.
"There's definitely a lot of anticipation. We're excited about getting out there and seeing what he can do."
Greinke's debut will come in the second game of a doubleheader against the Braves, thanks to a rain postponement Tuesday night. Right-hander Marco Estrada, the scheduled starter Tuesday, will pitch the opener of that twin bill.
Greinke's first start with the Brewers was set back more than a month when he cracked a left rib early in spring training while playing a game of pickup basketball. It took several weeks for the injury to heal, after which he went through the lengthy process of getting ready for game action.
"There's some excitement because it has been talked about so much," said third baseman Casey McGehee. "At the same time, we can't look at it like we're getting some savior. We've still got to go out there and work."
There is the pitfall of expecting too much of the 27-year-old Greinke, particularly in his first few outings. Pitchers normally make at least five starts during exhibition season, so he is still behind that schedule.
Manager Ron Roenicke said Greinke will be limited to about 90 pitches in his first outing with the Brewers. He threw 75 in his last rehab outing in Class AAA Nashville, which covered five innings.
"Still, there's reason to be excited," said left-hander Randy Wolf. "We all were excited when we heard we traded for him. Unfortunately, he got hurt in spring training. But he's back now and we're looking forward to him getting out there."
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