Greinke scratched from Wednesday's start; GM Melvin wants to give Greinke extra rest

Greinke scratched from Wednesday's start; GM Melvin wants to give Greinke extra rest

By Jay Sorgi & Matt Montgomery. CREATED Jul 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 16, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers have decided to replace Zack Greinke as their starting pitcher Wednesday in their upcoming matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to a tweet by one of the team's public relations staff members.

Mike Vassallo, the team's media relations director, tweeted "Now starting Wednesday vs. StL for the #Brewers will be Tyler Thornburg. Ron will address later. Greinke had been listed."

Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin told the Journal Sentinel that they simply want to give Greinke added rest after he pitched three times in a seven-day span, coming in and out of the all-star break.

Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal tweeted, "#Brewers‬ GM Melvin: Nothing physically wrong with Greinke. Just pushing him back, 'recharging his batteries.'"

Shortly after the Rosenthal's tweet, Adam McCalvy of wrote that Greinke isn't listed to make his following start in Cincinnatti, either.

Greinke is coming off a rare stretch of three straight starts for the Brewers.  He was ejected in the first inning of a July 7 start in Houston, pitched again the next day, then started Milwaukee's first game after the All-Star break.  But Greinke gave up 10 runs in eight-plus innings during those starts.

The Journal Sentinel reports Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told them, "We just want to get (Greinke) back in his routine."

Roenicke is expected to address the media about the news Monday afternoon.

There has been much speculation about Greinke possibly being traded to another team in exchange for prospects if the Brewers do not contend for a National League playoff berth.

Greinke is a free agent after this season.

The Brewers currently trail the Cincinnati Reds by eight games in the National League Central Division, and they trail the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates by seven games for the National League wild card spot.