The three most painful things a man can experience in his lifetime: 1) His father dying; 2) The first post pubescent knock to the gonads; and 3) Broken ribs. Nothing really prepares you for the intensity of any of those three moments.
Milwaukee Brewers newly acquired ace Zack Greinke will miss his first three starts of the season because of a fractured rib that he suffered while playing a game of pickup basketball during the offseason. While the 6’2″ may be dominant from the pitcher’s mound, apparently it doesn’t translate into having skills in the paint, as the former AL Cy Young Award winner initially hurt his ribs when went up for a rebound and ended up falling on his side.
Everyone always told me not to do it because I was going to get hurt. It finally caught up to me. I’m feeling good but it’s not worth it. Hopefully it won’t be too long. I don’t want to miss any time with the team, especially at the beginning. Until it heals there’s nothing you really can do. You just need to let it heal.
Fortunately for Milwaukee, replacing Greinke for a few starts shouldn’t be much of a problem as their schedule in April should allow them to go with four starters on occasion. Still, the team will likely look to their other newly acquired top of the rotation starter Shaun Marcum to make sure that Greinke’s loss has a minimal impact.
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