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Zack Greinke might not be back as soon as we thought

Mar 19, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

Zack Greinke throwing AP

When it was revealed earlier this month that Zack Greinke fractured a rib playing pickup basketball, the Brewers estimated that he would only miss the first couple weeks of the season. Maybe not.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told John Schlegel of MLB.com yesterday that it’s unlikely Greinke will be ready by April 16, a date which was previously considered a best-case scenario.

“If he’s ready at that point, I’m going to be really happy,” Roenicke said. “I just don’t know if he’s going to be ready then. I think we’re not really planning on that early.”

Roenicke said that Greinke has been doing cardiovascular training, elevating his heart rate to the point where he feels the rib injury. He has yet to even play catch, so he’ll essentially need to start from scratch once he’s ready to actually throw.

The Brewers are having a hard enough time trying to fill the void left by Greinke, so they’d be in pretty rough shape if Shaun Marcum‘s shoulder tightness also results in a DL stint.

  1. yankeesgameday - Mar 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Zack Greinke = bullet
    Yankees = dodged

    • wickedworld123 - Mar 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Even though they were never going after him? And by early May he’d probably be their best pitcher? Gimme a break…

      • Mike Luna - Mar 19, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        How about…?

        Zack Greinke = bullet
        Rangers = dodged

      • wickedworld123 - Mar 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        How about..
        AJ Burnett -bullet
        Yankees- face down in a pool of blood and money

    • Travis Reitsma - Mar 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Because of a rather mild rib injury? Really? I mean…really?

  2. elmaquino - Mar 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    I’m not happy he got hurt or anything, but it’s about time the Baseball gods helped the Cards out this spring! http://bit.ly/dUWxCA

  3. smugglingplums - Mar 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Greinke will be fine by mid May at the latest. Don’t delude yourself into thinking you wouldn’t love to have this guy, NYY fan. http://rotoballs.com

    • tcco007 - Mar 19, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      Unfortunately by mid-May the Brewers will be buried in the basement and trading off key players so they would never get “fair value” for Greinke.

      The Royals are laughing all the way to the 2013 AL title after getting a starting CF and SS for the next 7-10 years for him (besides trading away one of the lowest fielding percentage SS players in the AL).

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  5. mizzousooner - Mar 20, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Greinke is a flake, the rib injury should be the least of your worries regarding this guy.

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