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.

Jordan Hicks throws 105 MPH twice against Phillies

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One likely wouldn’t guess it based on his strikeout rate, but Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks is one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in the game. The right-hander hit 105 MPH on the radar gun twice during Sunday’s appearance against the Phillies, according to Statcast.

Hicks was asked if he could throw harder than 105 MPH. He said, “I surprised myself yesterday (when he reached (103.8 MPH), I surprised myself today. We’ll see.”

Hicks got the final four outs of Sunday’s 5-1 victory over the Phillies. He walked two and struck out one. He carries a 2.05 ERA but has only nine strikeouts and 16 walks in 22 innings this season.