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Zack Greinke throws first bullpener since breaking rib

Apr 7, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

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Brewers starter Zack Greinke took his first big step toward returning from a rib fracture on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.

According to Adam McCalvy of, the right-hander stepped atop a mound and fired off around 30 pitches, reporting no abnormal pain or discomfort in the area of his cracked rib.

The Brewers are probably going to ask Greinke to throw bullpen sessions and simulated games over the next 10-14 days before clearing him for a minor league rehab assignment.

“He’s been really throwing the ball well,” said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. “Once his arm is built up and strong, then you can push him.”

The hope is that Greinke will be ready to make regular major league starts by the first week of May.

  1. phillieshomer - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Does anyone else feel that Greinke is a really creepy and scary looking guy? If he worked in my office, we would all say, “If there was one person that comes in and lights this office up with gunfire, it’d be Zack.”

    I wonder if that’s what Braun and Fielder talk about now in the dugout?

  2. IdahoMariner - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    “bullpener” ? that just looks wrong.

    “Bullpen.” Just “bullpen.”

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