Royals place Zack Greinke on 15-day injured list

Royals place Zack Greinke on 15-day injured list

The Royals announced a flurry of roster changes this afternoon, adding four players (outfielder Kyle Isbelright handed Arodys Vizcaino and Jose Cuasand left-handed Foster Griffin) to the active list, sending three (left-handed Gabe Speier and right-handed Matt Peacock and Zack Greinke) to the injured list, and a return (outfielder Hicklen Brewer) at Triple-A Omaha. Of the four activated, Isbel was reinstated from the injured list, Griffin was recalled from Triple-A, and Vizcaino and Cuas were each selected from Triple-A, meaning they were added to the roster as well. of the club’s 40 players.

Greinke is the only of three IL players to go to the 15-day IL with a designated issue, which means Peacock and Speier are on the COVID-related injury list. Isbel was also on the COVID roster due to virus symptoms, although it was ultimately a non-COVID illness that sidelined the outfielder for four days.

Greinke has been suffering from a right flexor strain, and the veteran right-hander recently told MLB.com’s Anne Rogers and other reporters that he’s been suffering from associated pain for “a little.” Although any forearm or elbow injury is a red flag, Greinke added that he has suffered from some degree of elbow problems for years, so it is possible that a 15-day absence could be whatever it takes for Greinke to heal.

The injury could explain Greinke’s lack of success in his last four starts, as the former Cy Young Award winner has a 9.50 ERA in his last 18 innings on the job. His ERA now sits at 5.05 over 51 2/3 innings, with just a tiny 11.2 percent strikeout rate. Between that lack of puffs and plenty of hard contact allowed, there’s not much to like about Greinke’s numbers outside of his generally excellent walk rate (4.5%).

Vizcaino is set to make his first MLB appearance since the 2019 season, when he pitched four innings for the Braves before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. The veteran didn’t return to the field at all until 2021, when he pitched 7 2/3 innings with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, and Vizcaino went on to sign a minor-league side with the Royals in the winter. last.

After essentially three full years away, it’s hard to know what to expect from Vizcaino when he returns to the Show, although he was a very capable bullpen arm for Atlanta in his prime. He also looked pretty good with Triple-A Omaha, posting a 1.76 ERA and 29.7 percent strikeout rate in 15 1/3 innings. Vizcaino’s 9.4% walk rate is a bit high, but actually an improvement from his career 10.8% walk rate at the big league level.

Cuas, 27, finally made it to the majors after a pro career that saw him bounce around in the minor and independent leagues, and change his position entirely from infielder to pitcher. An 11th-round draft pick by the Brewers in 2015, Cuas was going nowhere as a positional player, but his fortunes changed after he converted to relief pitcher in 2018. Over 126 career 2/3 innings at minors, Cuas has a 2.63 ERA, with handgun delivery and a lead-slider combo that induces plenty of grounders and a fair amount (22.22%) of strikeouts.

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