It has been well-documented that Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is adamant about Zack Greinke making three rehab starts prior to being activated to the Major League roster.
If tonight's start was any indication, Greinke will be ready sooner rather than later. Greinke started tonight for the Milwaukee Brewers' Class-A affiliate, the Brevard County Manatees. He pitched three full innings without breaking a sweat.
He faced 10 hitters, setting nine down easily and only allowing one single. Greinke struck out four and seemed to have very good command with 27 of his 35 pitches going for strikes.
Greinke's fastball hovered in the low 90s during the start, which is a great sign for his first live action after his rib injury.
Now you're probably wondering what's next for Greinke? If he stays on a regular five-day schedule, his next start is likely to take place with the Nashville Sounds, the Brewers' Triple-A franchise. That start would most likely take place against the Omaha Storm Chasers in Nashville on Easter Sunday, April 24.
Following his second start, the Brewers will make their evaluation as to whether Greinke would be good to go after one more Minor League appearance. The odds are we will be seeing him in a Brewers' uniform at the beginning of May.
Keep your fingers crossed!