04/12/11 6:02 PM ET
Greinke's first simulated game goes 'OK'
By George Von Benko / Special to MLB.com
"It went OK," Greinke reported. "I threw and I was healthy, so that's good. I've got another [simulated game], and then I'm going to throw a game. It was nothing special, it was in the batting cages, so you couldn't really get as good a feel for it as you normally would."
Greinke has been on the DL since March 26 with a fractured left rib.
"It's just getting ready," Greinke said. "You've just got to do that to get ready, and then I've got another one and then a couple of games, and hopefully I'll be ready then to come back."
"Greinke threw, basically, a simulated game in their batting cages," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke explained. "He threw the ball really well. We called balls and strikes and he was out there without a screen in front of him, so he got after it. He threw 25 pitches with no break. The next time he does it he will have a break in between. It was good.
"He's trying to come real fast, and I think trainer Roger Caplinger will have to look at that so we just don't let him go full-go, because that's what he'd like to do and I think we have to watch that a little bit. If he comes out on Wednesday and he is not sore I'll be pretty impressed, because he wasn't holding back on anything."
Greinke is scheduled for one more batting-practice session before being sent on a Minor League rehab assignment, likely with Triple-A Nashville.
Hart feels good after taking batting practice
PITTSBURGH -- Brewers outfielder Corey Hart, out with a strained left oblique, took batting practice in the batting cages on Tuesday for the first time since going on the DL at season's start.
"It felt good," Hart reported. "It would have obviously been a little nicer to be on the field, but I still got my work in, and hopefully I can come back out tomorrow and work out again."
Every other time Hart has tried BP since straining his left oblique, it's set him way back. So getting through Tuesday's batting-practice session without any trouble is a good sign that he's finally on the right track.
"This is the first time that I haven't had any issues," Hart said. "Hopefully tomorrow is a better day, so I can get out on the field and let it go a little bit more."
Hart hopes to be ready to go out on Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville in the next few days.
Brewers, Saito take long view with hamstring injury
PITTSBURGH -- Brewers right-hander Takashi Saito, who Monday night was placed on the 15-day disabled list -- retroactive to April 5 -- due to a strained left hamstring, reported Tuesday that his injury isn't considered a setback.
"There was no setback," Saito stated. "I discussed it with the trainer, and last year when I injured my hamstring [while with Atlanta], around about a month later I injured my shoulder, so we were worried about [repeating] that, and just wanted to be a hundred percent and get all the tightness out of my hamstring, and come back after that's done."
Saito is confident that he can return to action quickly after the stint on the DL.
"I've had a bullpen session and I feel fine," Saito said. "As far as pitching, I just want to get the hamstring healed before I throw in a game."
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.