In 2004, Zack Greinke looked like an up-and-coming star for the beleaguered Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately, he took a huge step back in 2005, posting a 5-17 record and 5.80 ERA. Were you hoping he'd rebound in 2006? Well, you're going to have to wait. . . indefinitely.
According to the Kansas City Star, Greinke has left the team to deal with "ongoing emotional issues," and the team is prepared to deal with an extended absence:
"That could change," Bell said, "but I don't think it will."
Sources confirmed previous statements by Baird and Bell that Greinke's departure was not a disciplinary matter, a legal issue, due to a physical injury or reflected a lack of desire to remain in baseball. Sources also confirmed the issue did not involve a family member or any other person.
I wasn't among those that were prepared to gamble on Greinke anyway this year, but if you were, you should probably re-consider. He's a young kid with ostensibly a bright future, but even if he returns to the mound soon I don't think this is his true breakout season.
Greinke dealing with issues [Kansas City Star]