UPDATE (4:52 pm): Now that the clubhouse is open we have a little more to report about what's going on. Here are the things we know:
- Greinke is going to skip a full turn in the rotation and isn't expected to pitch again until the second game of the Phillies series on July 24.
- Ron Roenicke is accepting blame for what's going on here, saying he shouldn't have pitched back-to-back games before the All Star break.
- Greinke is with the team but didn't want to talk about the decision, leading Tom Haudricourt to speculate that he's not on board with it.
I reported in the Mug a few minutes ago that Zack Greinke would start the final game of the Cardinals series on Wednesday, but that's no longer the case.
The team just announced that Tyler Thornburg, not Greinke, will start on Wednesday. Greinke is also not listed as a probable pitcher for the team's weekend series in Cincinnati. We don't know anything official beyond that, although Adam McCalvy says "something's up today."
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal talked to Doug Melvin and tweeted the following:
#Brewers GM Melvin: Nothing physically wrong with Greinke. Just pushing him back, "recharging his batteries."— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 16, 2012
This is a really puzzling time to do that, if it's true.
Greinke leads all of baseball with 20 starts this season, although that number is inflated a bit because of the weird ejection situation that led to him starting back-to-back games before the All Star break. He's posted a 3.57 ERA over 116 innings this season but allowed 15 runs (14 earned) in 14 innings of work in July.