By Evan Brunell
Zack Greinke tossed a 30-pitch simulated outing on Friday and came away so pleased with the results that he feels as if he's ready to go on a rehab assignment.
"I threw a lot of strikes. I located, in and out, pretty good," Greinke said according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I might not be the sharpest or the best, but I feel ready. I feel I can execute some things and get some outs."
Greinke has been recovering from fractured ribs suffered by diving for a basketball n spring training. It can be a nasty injury to recover from as Jacoby Ellsbury will tell you, but Greinke appears to have suffered a less severe fracture. Of course, it also helps he was diagnosed correctly from the start.
While Greinke is harboring hope he can be ready to return by the end of the month after just two rehab starts, manager Ron Roenicke believes Greinke will need three.
"He needs to pitch at least three times," he said, noting that Greinke would be on a 30-35 pitch count limit in his first outing, escalating to 50 in his second and 75 in his last. "Once he gets around 75 pitches, then he's pretty much ready," Roenicke added.
The current schedule has Greinke pitching Tuesday for Class A, then April 24 -- five days later -- for Triple-A. Assuming a third start came April 29, that would put him on track to make his Brewers debut on May 4 against the Braves.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.