Davey Johnson thinks Brewers will trade Zack Greinke before Sunday matchup with Nationals

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Zack Greinke is scheduled to make his final pre-trade deadline start Sunday versus Washington, but Nationals manager Davey Johnson doesn’t expect to actually face him.

Johnson told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’d “be real surprised” if Greinke is still on the Brewers by then, speculating that “if the ball club’s intent on making a move they’re not going to pitch him two days before the deadline.”

Johnson also noted that whichever team trades for Greinke would want to immediately insert him into the rotation, whereas starting Sunday would make him unavailable until Friday.

Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin admitted yesterday that Greinke will definitely be traded before Tuesday’s deadline, so it’s only a matter of when and Johnson at least thinks the deal will be completed within the next 48 hours.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.