MLB notes: Greinke trade rumours ramp up

Brewers starter Zack Greinke pitches against the Cardinals at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc.,...

Brewers starter Zack Greinke pitches against the Cardinals at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc., April 7, 2012. (DARREN HAUCK/Reuters)

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The Milwaukee Brewers are juggling their pitching rotation to get Zack Greinke back into his regular routine ... and then they'll likely trade him.

Greinke was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke taking the blame Monday for overworking him.

Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he messed up by having Greinke start three consecutive games -- the right-hander was ejected after four pitches July 7 so started again the next day, as well as last Friday after the all-star break.

"We tried to do something with Zack that I think Zack thought was kind of neat and we thought would work," Roenicke said. "And it didn't work. He didn't pitch well that second day after he was thrown out and he didn't pitch well (last Friday).

"We kind of got him out of his routine."

Greinke, who has a 9-3 record with a 3.57 earned-run average this season, won't return to the mound until July 24, one week before the trade deadline. He told the Journal Sentinel he felt fine physically.

The 28-year-old likely will be traded because he is slated to become a free agent after the season. The Chicago White Sox, contenders for the AL Central crown, now are interested in acquiring Greinke, CBSSports.com reported Monday.

The Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers are thought to be among numerous other suitors.

PHILS MAKING PITCH TO HAMELS

The Philadelphia Phillies plan to offer at least $120 million over five years to potential free agent Cole Hamels, sources have told CBSSports.com.

Some Phillies execs believe the left-handed pitcher has made up his mind to test free agency, but general manager Ruben Amaro is determined to keep him.

Amaro declined to comment on the size of the offer to Hamels.

Sources have suggested the left-hander could get $150 million or more as a free agent.

Hamels has an 11-4 record this season with a 3.07 ERA.

BRYCE NOT RIGHT: GUILLEN

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen complained Monday that Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper showed him up the day before.

Guillen complained Sunday to the umpires about the amount of pine tar on Harper's bat. The Nats outfielder then changed bats and pointed the clean one toward the Marlins dugout.

"He showed me up," Guillen told CSN Washington. "I never showed him up.

"I like this kid. I think this kid is good for baseball. He's going to be better. But if this kid continues to do that (expletive), he might not make it. Because they're going to fool around with the wrong guy, and that wrong guy will kick his a--. He might not make it."

SOX STARTER SIDELINED

Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd was scratched from his scheduled start Monday night because of soreness in his right forearm and elbow.

He will remain on the active roster because an MRI exam showed no structural damage, ESPN Chicago reported.

The 29-year-old has given up a total of only four earned runs during his past four starts and has a 7-8 record overall with a 4.54 ERA.

UPTON OWNS LIMITED VETO

While the Arizona Diamondbacks are listening to offers for Justin Upton, the 24-year-old outfielder has a four-team veto list: The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, according to FoxSports.com.

Upton was fourth in balloting for NL MVP last year but has slumped this season, batting .264 with seven homers and 37 RBI.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are believed to be talking trade with the Diamondbacks.

BRIEFLY

Carl Crawford returned Monday to the Boston Red Sox after missing 89 games with a series of injuries. The 30-year-old left fielder had surgery on his left wrist in January, then injured his left elbow and also suffered a groin strain ... The Boston Red Sox are making a push to acquire pitcher Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, ESPN reported ... Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio had surgery Monday on his left knee. The 25-year-old right-hander will miss the rest of the season.


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