Rib injury may make Greinke a bargain

Updated: March 9, 2011, 12:22 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke -- yes, it's still a bit new to type his name with that team -- is expected to start the regular season on the disabled list after it was revealed Tuesday that he recently broke a rib playing pickup basketball. The impact on fantasy baseball in the big picture, I believe, is relatively minor. Perhaps we don't see Greinke until May, but I still expect that in the 28-30 starts he makes, rather than 33-35, he will be excellent.

Of course, any injury this close to the season creates some sort of panic in the fantasy community. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is a perfect example; he's the No. 11 pitcher in the ESPN rankings, but in the average live draft results he's down a spot due to a hamstring injury, and no player in the first seven rounds, save for Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, has seen his overall draft status drop more in the past week. Greinke's value likely will suffer the same fate starting Wednesday.