MLB notes: Greinke undergoes surgery

Carlos Quentin #18 of the San Diego Padres slams into Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers...

Carlos Quentin #18 of the San Diego Padres slams into Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he charges the mound during the sixth inning at Petco Park on April 11, 2013 in San Diego, California. (AFP)

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Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke underwent surgery Saturday to repair a broken left collarbone.

He’s expected to miss eight weeks to recover from the injury.

Greinke suffered the fracture Thursday when San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being plunked by a pitch.

As for Quentin, he dropped his appeal of an eight-game suspension he hoped would see him freed up to compete in the rematch series against the Dodgers beginning Monday in L.A.

Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract during the winter and has 1.59 ERA, 0.71 WHIP in 11 1/3 innings with the team.

MADDON: ‘I THINK THE BUNT IS AN OVERRATED PLAY’

You won’t be seeing Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon giving the bunt signal too often.

In Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, the Rays had runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the ninth inning. With James Loney at bat, Maddon opted for him to swing away. Loney struck out, followed by the subsequent outs of Yunel Escobar and Ryan Roberts.

When asked if he regretted his decision, Maddon balked:

“For that group of people out there that want guys to bunt all the time, you don’t know the outcome when you choose to do that,” he told the Miami Herald. “I think the bunt is an overrated play”.

A-ROD GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO JOG ON TREADMILL

Good news for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez — he’s been given the green light to jog on a treadmill.

That will come in handy as he’s had to run from New York Times rumours saying he paid an anti-aging clinic employee to obtain incriminating documents for him.

Although those allegations haven’t been confirmed, A-Rod will be able to focus on returning to the diamond.

Rodriguez underwent major hip surgery in January and isn’t expected back in New York’s lineup until after the all-star break.

KEARNS HOSPITALIZED WITH IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT

Miami Marlins outfielder Austin Kearns was scratched from the team’s lineup card Sunday after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat.

Trainers sent the 32-year-old to hospital after he alerted them to an elevated heart rate, according to MLB.com. He will remain there overnight for observation.

The Marlins outfield has been plagued with health woes with both Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Ruggiano missing action as well. Stanton is out with a shoulder contusion and Ruggiano is down with a right shoulder sprain.

STRASBURG, ESPINOSA NOT IMPRESSED WITH BRAVES

The Atlanta Braves are 11-1 to begin the season.

Their pitching staff has the best combined ERA in the National League.

But the Washington Nationals, who stomped the Braves 9-0 Sunday, weren’t too impressed by the aforementioned feats.

Before their game, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg and second baseman Danny Espinosa told CSN Washington it was much ado about nothing.

“They’re good, I don’t think they’re better than us,” Espinosa said.

Strasburg went one step further.

“It’s early and it’s not about how many wins you necessarily finish up with in April, it’s how many you have at the end of the year.”

BREIFLY: Boston Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz took at no-hitter into the eighth inning Sunday at Fenway Park before Tampa Bay’s Kelly Johnson spoiled the party with a single. It would have been the 28-year-old’s second no-hitter after tossing a no-no in his second career major league start in 2007 … Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay became just the 112th pitcher in MLB history to achieve 200 major league wins Sunday. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2-1 thanks to solo home run from pinch-hitter Laynce Nix in the top of the ninth inning.


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