When I heard that new Brewers starter Zack Greinke broke a rib playing basketball, my first thought was, "What an idiot." My second thought was, "What an idiot."
It's easy to pile on Greinke but the bottom line is he is one of the premier pitchers in baseball and he could be the missing piece to help the Milwaukees to a playoff berth.
Most player contracts, I'm sure Greinke's included, have clauses against playing basketball or participating in things that could cause injury such as skiing or hang-gliding.
Fortunately for Greinke and the Brewers he didn't tear knee ligaments or break an ankle. Breaking a rib is bad but it could have been worse. Just not a smart thing for Greinke to do. I guess he didn't learn from Aaron Boone blowing out his knee a few years ago when he was with the Yankees. That move put in motion the Yanks acquiring Alex Rodriguez. Still, some guys may pay heed to Greinke's bonehead move. But I guarantee that we haven't heard the last of a guy hurting himself playing basketball or something else.