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Royals' Greinke to miss opener, return date uncertain

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Kansas City Royals will start the season
without Zack Greinke, and it remains uncertain when he will return.

Greinke left spring training Feb. 26 for unspecified personal
reasons to return to his home in Orlando, Fla.

"It sounds like a company line, but he's progressing and moving
forward," Royals general manager Allard Baird said Friday. "Is he
better than he was last week? Yes."

Baird said, however, that it would be unfair to put a timetable
on when Greinke could return to the team.

"If it was a pitch count, a baseball issue, I could tell you,"
Baird said.

Since Greinke left before any spring training games had begun,
he would have to work his pitch count up before appearing in any
games.

Baird said the club has not decided whether to put Greinke on
the restricted list without pay or on the disabled list to start
the season. If he goes on the disabled list, he would receive
service time and pay.

Greinke, who was the Royals' first-round pick in the 2002 draft,
was 5-17 with a 5.80 earned run average in 33 starts last season.
The 17 losses were the most in the American League.

Baird said left-hander Mark Redman would begin the season on the
disabled list after having arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this
month. Redman, however, is ahead of schedule and could return to
the rotation by late April.

Redman, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Pittsburgh,
was 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA in 30 starts last season with the Pirates.