Right-hander Zack Greinke finally had to admit how he injured the ribs on his left side at the outset of spring training.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ prized offseason acquisition has a cracked seventh rib and bruised eighth rib, the result of taking a spill during a pickup basketball game, and will start the season on the disabled list. The 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner is expected to miss at least the first couple of weeks of the season.
Because he thought his ribs were getting better, he declined to reveal what he did, other than to say it was “something stupid.”
After the injury was revealed, Greinke said he went up for a rebound and fell hard on his left side.
“I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and people have always said, ‘You’re going to get hurt,’” he said. “It finally caught up to me, playing basketball. ... I was hoping it was just bruised. I had a lot of fun doing it but it wasn’t worth it.”
Boxing icon Muhammad Ali visited with the White Sox at their spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., to help spread the word about his charity organization.
More than 100 people packed the clubhouse for the workshop about Ali’s foundation, Athletes for Hope. It came on the 40th anniversary of Ali’s famed first bout with Joe Frazier.
“Any time you get in the same room as a guy like that it’s kind of cool,” said first baseman Paul Konerko.
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter said he didn’t feel any pain after his second bullpen session since he left his spring debut because of a strained hamstring. ... Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran will be limited for the next four or five days with tendinitis in his left knee. ... Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown had surgery on his broken right hand and is expected to miss four to six weeks. ...
Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya is undergoing tests on his sore right elbow and forearm and there’s a chance he might not be ready by opening day. ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was guest manager for the Rays’ 3-2 victory in 10 innings over Toronto in Port Charlotte, Fla. “I’m 1-0,” Morris said. ...
Infielder Kelly Johnson, wearing pitcher Brian Sweeney’s No. 37 jersey after leaving his uniform at home, had three of Arizona’s 22 hits in the 16-5 win over Cleveland in Goodyear, Ariz. ... Joe Garagiola Jr. is replacing Bob Watson as Major League Baseball’s disciplinarian, and Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng is joining Joe Torre in the commissioner’s office as a senior vice president for baseball operations.