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Zack Greinke | Starting Pitcher | #21

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/21/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (6) / KC
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Zack Greinke gave up three runs over five innings as the Diamondbacks and Cubs played to a 5-5 tie on Thursday.
He surrendered six hits and two walks while striking out four. He suffered the indignity of allowing a home run to the opposing pitcher, Jake Arrieta. This was just his second official start in Cactus League action. He has also pitched in intra-squad games and in exhibition games against Team Netherlands and Team Mexico. He raised some eyebrows early in camp by showing reduced velocity, but that has since improved enough to alleviate any worries. Greinke's first campaign after signing a $206.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks was a big disappointment. He finished the season with a 4.37 ERA in 26 starts after turning in a 1.66 ERA in 32 starts with the Dodgers the year prior. Mar 23 - 8:23 PM

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Zack Greinke tossed five innings of one-run ball in an exhibition win over the Netherlands on Saturday.

Perhaps even more encouraging was that Greinke topped out at 91.9 mph, which is nearly 2.5 mph faster than his high from two starts ago. "I guess that’s a good thing, where it’s all slowly getting better each time, more so than how it usually is, I guess," he said. "It would be nice to have a big jump to where it was a lot better, but each start has been a lot better so far." Greinke is looking for a bounce-back season in 2017 after putting up a 4.37 ERA in 2016 in the first year of a $206.5 million contract.
Mar 19 - 8:55 AM

Zack Greinke allowed just one run over five innings in an instrasquad game Monday.

Greinke showed better fastball velocity in this outing against a group of Diamondbacks minor leaguers, hitting 91 mph in the first inning and 90 mph in the second. He yielded only two hits and walked none while striking out seven. The high-priced right-hander will try to put up similar results in his next Cactus League appearance.
Mar 13 - 2:26 PM

Zack Greinke topped out at 89.5 mph with his fastball Wednesday in his start against Team Mexico.

And the high-priced right-hander was mostly sitting around 88 mph in that start, per beat writer Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Greinke wound up yielding two runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings. "It’s still early," he said after the game. "It is what it is. It’s still early and it’s not like some crazy, crazy thing. But it’s not ideal, either." Greinke, who's still owed $172.5 million from the Diamondbacks, was hitting 93 mph with his fastball at this point last year.
Mar 9 - 7:23 AM

Zack Greinke was lit up for six hits and two runs over 2 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ win over Mexico.

He fanned one and didn’t walk anyone. Greinke labored through a miserable first inning, allowing four hits and two runs before picking Chris Roberson off first base to end the inning. It looked like it was going to be more of the same when Manny Rodriguez doubled to lead off the second inning, but Greinke retired three straight to strand him at third base. The league’s highest-paid pitcher desperately needs a bounce-back year after falling flat in 2016 (4.37 ERA over 26 starts).
Mar 8 - 7:45 PM

Zack Greinke looked sharp in his Cactus League debut on Friday, firing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory over the Dodgers.

The right-hander allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out one. He has been brought along slowly this spring to lessen his workload a bit, but he still has plenty of time to get himself ready for the start of the regular season. He has already been tabbed the D'Backs' opening day starter by manager Torey Lovullo.
Mar 3 - 7:16 PM

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has named Zack Greinke as the club's Opening Day starter.

Lovullo made the expected announcement at the same time he pegged Greinke to make his spring debut on Friday. The 33-year-old dealt with oblique and shoulder issues while struggling with a 4.37 ERA over 26 starts during his first season with Arizona. It's a tough environment for a pitcher, but it's easy to imagine him becoming trade bait if he bounces back with a strong first half.
Mar 1 - 2:25 PM

Zack Greinke threw 20 pitches in his first live batting practice session of the spring on Friday.

With a longer spring training than usual due to the World Baseball Classic, the veteran right-hander is slowly easing into things this year. The 33-year-old dealt with oblique and shoulder problems during a very disappointing debut season with the D'Backs in 2016.
Feb 24 - 10:39 PM

Zack Greinke will throw his first live batting practice session of the spring this weekend.

Greinke is slow-playing his spring training work by design because camp runs a bit longer this year due to the World Baseball Classic. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.37 ERA in 26 starts last season for the Diamondbacks after signing a massive six-year, $206.5 million free agent contract.
Feb 23 - 3:02 PM

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Monday that the team will "slow-play" Zack Greinke during spring training.

Lovullo insists that Greinke is totally healthy, saying that the club is just taking it slowly with their ace since spring training is longer this year. "Zack is ready to go," Lovullo said. "He has a program that he’s been following. He finished the year a little bit banged up last year. We have the extra week and a half." Greinke will be looking to bounce back in 2017 after he put up a disappointing 4.37 ERA in 2016 while being limited to 26 starts because of injury.
Feb 13 - 7:30 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Zack Greinke is currently drawing "minimal" trade interest.

Rosenthal says of Greinke that the Diamondbacks "are not marketing him aggressively, in part because they are reluctant to eat salary." Greinke is owed $172.5 million over the next five seasons and would receive a $2 million assignment bonus if traded. He can also block a deal to 15 teams, is 33 and is coming off a season that saw him post a 4.37 ERA. The D'Backs would surely have to absorb a chunk of his contract in order to move him, but for now it sounds like they'll hang tight.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 11:21:00 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said Wednesday that he "fully anticipates" starter Zack Greinke opening the 2017 season in Arizona.

Greinke posted a disappointing 4.37 ERA over 26 starts in the first year of a massive six-year, $206.5 million free agent agreement with the Diamondbacks and the club redid its front office this fall, but it doesn't sound like an aggressive rebuild is coming under Hazen and Co. At least not yet. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported in September that the earliest the Diamondbacks would consider trading Greinke is July 2017 because Arizona intends to compete leading into the new season. Granted, that was before Hazen got hired.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 09:35:00 AM

Zack Greinke said Saturday that his shoulder injury has "gotten better" and that he'd "definitely be able to make my outings" if the Diamondbacks were in the playoffs.

An MRI on Greinke's right shoulder came back negative, and it doesn't sound like anything to be overly worried about going into the offseason. "I can’t predict the future," he said, "but I would definitely be making the playoff start if there was a playoff start in four or five days or so." Greinke posted a disappointing 4.37 ERA over 26 starts in his first year in Arizona.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 08:26:00 AM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale doesn't expect Zack Greinke (shoulder) to pitch again this season.

Neither do we. Greinke underwent an MRI after battling shoulder stiffness in his last start and there's just not enough time left in the season for him to make a full recovery. Greinke's first year with the Diamondbacks couldn't have gone much worse. The former Cy Young winner recorded an underwhelming 4.37 ERA over 26 starts and couldn't stay healthy. Set to turn 33 next month, it looks like Greinke's best days are behind him.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 05:53:00 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Zack Greinke was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday after experiencing shoulder stiffness following Wednesday's start.

It sounds as though this could sideline the right-hander for the remainder of the season. His first season in Arizona hasn't gone as planned, compiling a 4.37 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 134/41 K/BB ratio across his 158 2/3 innings. He's in the first year of a massive six-year, $206.5 million deal that he signed last winter.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 08:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jeff Mathis
2Chris Herrmann
3Chris Iannetta
4Oscar Hernandez
5Josh Thole
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Brandon Drury
2Daniel Descalso
SS1Chris Owings
2Nick Ahmed
3Ketel Marte
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
3Gregor Blanco
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Socrates Brito
RF1David Peralta
2Oswaldo Arcia
3Reymond Fuentes
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Taijuan Walker
3Robbie Ray
4Shelby Miller
5Patrick Corbin
6Archie Bradley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Jake Barrett
3Randall Delgado
4Enrique Burgos
5Andrew Chafin
6Steve Hathaway
7Silvino Bracho
8Rubby De La Rosa
9Zack Godley
10Jorge De La Rosa
11Tyler Jones
12JJ Hoover
13Brian Matusz
14Kevin Jepsen