by Kansas City News
Zack Greinke's new team, The Milwaukee Brewers, will not receive his services for at least the first part of April. Somewhat of a "poetic justice" situation for Kansas City fans, it wouldn't have bothered me if he was out for the season. As it stands, the Brewers have reported that Greinke fractured his rib while playing in a pick-up basketball game. While it is in Zack's contract that he cannot participate in professional basketball, it doesn't say anything about staying of the playground courts.
Ironically enough, Greinke had recently stopped former MLB player Aaron Boone in a New York hotel and asked him about his career ending injury that Aaron sustained during a pick-up basketball game. Boone recounts "I don't know if he was looking for advice or what, but he told me he played basketball quite a bit, and how much he enjoyed it. He asked me what I thought. I don't remember if I said, 'Play, or don't play.' But when I read how he got hurt, I said, "Whoa!'"
Zack "Donald" Greinke will begin the 2011 season on the disabled list and will not start the home opener as planned.
Donald Zackary Greinke ("Zack") was born in Orlando, Florida on October 21, 1983. Selected from Apopka high school in the first round of the 2002 player draft, Greinke was named Gatorade National Player of the Year that same season. Greinke entered the major league on May 22, 2004, playing in the same game that saw the retirement of Reggie Jackson's number.