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Zack Greinke exits with groin tightness


Last week, Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke created cause for concern when he struggled to hit 90 MPH with his fastball. He wondered aloud if he just doesn’t have it anymore.

Fortunately, during Tuesday’s appearance in a Cactus League game against the Reds, Greinke got his fastball up to 92 MPH and fanned a couple of batters with change-ups, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. However, Greinke was only able to last the one inning as he left with tightness in his right groin, the club announced.

A groin issue is better than an arm issue, but it’s still concerning. The 34-year-old Greinke is under contract through 2021 earning $136.5 million, so the D-Backs hope he’s able to stay healthy for that duration.

Last season, Greinke finished 17-7 with a 3.20 ERA and a 215/45 K/BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings. He finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award balloting and won a Gold Glove Award.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.