Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has ensured the Milwaukee fan base the reason Greinke is scratched from the lineup has nothing to do with trade talks and apparently, we must take his word for it. The reason for skipping the start is to rest the right-hander after he started three games in seven days.
The pitcher admitted to being fatigued, which resulted in manager Ron Roenicke making the call to sit him until the weekend. Roenicke intends on going into detail about his discussion with Greinke later today. It is unusual in today’s game for a pitcher to make three starts in a seven-day span, even if Greinke only threw four pitches in the first start before being ejected against the Houston Astros.
Greinke’s recent outing came against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday in which he struggled through five innings allowing five earned runs on seven hits while striking out six batters. The Brewers were able to come back and get the victory, which gave him the no-decision and kept his 15-0 streak alive at Miller Park.
It is unfortunate Greinke will miss his start against the Cardinals, as the Brewers are in a critical nine-game stretch against NL Central division rivals. Milwaukee will need all the help they can get against the reigning World Series champions. It is really no one’s fault that this happened, especially since there was no way to know Greinke would be fatigued after making two starts in six days.
After his last three outings have been dismal at best, it can only be assumed his trade value has gone down. Not to mention, his velocity has reportedly been down as well which will turn teams off quickly. One has to wonder if the trade rumors surrounding Greinke has gotten to him, which has not allowed him to pitch the way he normally does. Regardless, he certainly needs to reboot and get ready as Milwaukee attempts to get back in the running for the division.
Rookie Tyler Thornburg, who was recently called up to pitch out of the bullpen, will take Greinke’s spot in the lineup on Wednesday. Thornburg pitched well for the most part in his only career start on June 19 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He started strong but got into trouble quickly and ended up surrendering five earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched.