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Zack Greinke is available out of the Brewers’ bullpen tonight

Oct 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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In last night’s Tigers-Yankees game we saw both managers turn to top-of-the-rotation starters in relief roles and Zack Greinke may join the fun tonight.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that “Zack would be available and not just if [Yovani Gallardo] isn’t pitching well.”

Greinke threw just 86 pitches in his Game 2 start Sunday, so the fact that he’d be pitching on full rest and a modest recent workload means he might even be available for multiple innings.

Greinke hasn’t made a relief appearance since 2007, but he was dominant out of the Royals’ bullpen that season with a 3.54 ERA and 55/15 K/BB ratio in 53 innings spread over 38 appearances.

  1. hasbeen5 - Oct 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Somebody made this comment here the other day, but why wouldn’t he be available? It’s win or go home. He can’t start game 1 of the NLCS if they don’t get there.

  2. channingtaintum - Oct 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Well hopefully Yo can go a solid 7, with K-rod and the Stache finishing up. Greinke would be the top option if it goes past 9. Go Crew!

  3. Jonny 5 - Oct 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    And Cliff Lee will be the Phillies relief if it’s not the 9th inning.

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