by Richard Dean, MLB.com
All systems are go as Zack Greinke will make his Brewers debut on Wednesday at Atlanta with a pitch count around 90.
Recovering from a cracked rib he suffered in Spring Training, the right-handed Greinke made the last of his three scheduled rehab starts for Triple-A Nashville on Friday, throwing 75 pitches — 50 for strikes — in five innings.
“I’m healthy, for sure, I’ve been healthy for awhile,” Greinke said in the Brewers’ clubhouse prior to Saturday’s game. “I’vegot good arm strength. I was looking forward to coming back [to the Majors], I was just trying to get ready.”
Greinke was the 2009 American League Cy Young winner with the Royals. On Friday, he allowed seven hits and two earned runs with seven strikeouts and one walk. He took the loss in a 4-1 defeat to Albuquerque and allowed a home run.
“I felt good,” he said. “I stretched pretty good. All my stuff was decent, I located pretty good.”
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Greinke felt good during his final rehab appearance.
“He felt like he could throw another 20 pitches,” Roenicke said. “He felt really strong, which is a good sign.”
Greinke said he is about where he would be if he had one start before Spring Training.
“I should be good enough to pitch my game,” said Greinke, who was acquired from Kansas City in a six-player trade. “It’ll be cool. I’m really anxious. I’ve been enjoying watching the games and looking forward to getting back.”
Without Greinke, the Brewers have been getting quality outings from a number of their starters.
“Everyone’s been pitching real good,” said Greinke. “I was like, do they want me back or make me stay down there [Nashville] for a while?”