SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke's competitive nature simply caught up with him in the form of a basketball injury in the view of former Royals teammate Kyle Davies.
"He's a competitive guy, you know, but it's a bad break for him," Davies said.
Greinke is expected to miss his first two or three starts for the Milwaukee Brewers with a cracked rib suffered when he fell during a pickup basketball game early in Spring Training. Even so, he made two Cactus League starts before X-rays showed the hairline fracture.
"Zack could pitch with a broken rib, too. He's pitched through a lot of other stuff," Davies said.
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But Greinke is shut down now and will miss the Opening Day start he was expected to make March 31 at Cincinnati.
"With all that torque and stuff on it when you're pitching and actually get after it, you start feeling that something is wrong. I think that's why we have the live BPs and everything before we go out there and pitch, that way you can make sure everything's all right," Davies said.
Davies, who used to locker next to Greinke in Kansas City, figures his friend had been playing basketball all along.
"It's one of those things that you don't think will ever happen, but when it does happen, why did you do it? It's one of those things," Davies said.
"It's a tough break."