SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke's competitive nature simply caught up with him in the form of a basketball injury in the view of former Royals teammate Kyle Davies.
"He's a competitive guy, you know, but it's a bad break for him," Davies said.
Greinke is expected to miss his first two or three starts for the Milwaukee Brewers with a cracked rib suffered when he fell during a pickup basketball game early in Spring Training. Even so, he made two Cactus League starts before X-rays showed the hairline fracture.
"Zack could pitch with a broken rib, too. He's pitched through a lot of other stuff," Davies said.
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But Greinke is shut down now and will miss the Opening Day start he was expected to make March 31 at Cincinnati.
"With all that torque and stuff on it when you're pitching and actually get after it, you start feeling that something is wrong. I think that's why we have the live BPs and everything before we go out there and pitch, that way you can make sure everything's all right," Davies said.
Davies, who used to locker next to Greinke in Kansas City, figures his friend had been playing basketball all along.
"It's one of those things that you don't think will ever happen, but when it does happen, why did you do it? It's one of those things," Davies said.
"It's a tough break."
Kendall progressing with long-toss sessions
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Catcher Jason Kendall is getting to the point in his recovery from shoulder surgery that he's about ready to try throws to second base.
"I'm playing a lot of long toss, and that's going to happen very soon," he said. "It's coming along very good."
Kendall, who underwent extensive shoulder surgery last Sept. 3, was asked if he felt like a new man.
"I feel like a new shoulder," he said, smiling.
Kendall remembered last August when, even though his right arm was hanging, he fell back on the time-honored refrain to gloss over injuries: "It's all in your head." He tried that approach on Royals physical therapist Jeff Blum, but he wasn't buying.
"He said, 'No, Jason, it's pretty much all in your shoulder,' " Kendall said.
Royals signee White retires from baseball
Former NFL quarterback Pat White is ending his short-lived baseball career, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
White, who signed a Minor League deal with the Royals last September after being released by the Miami Dolphins, participated in the Arizona Instructional League last fall. White did not report to Spring Training this year and has decided to retire from baseball, according to the AP.
The 26-year-old White, a standout quarterback at West Virginia, was drafted by the Dolphins in 2009 before playing in 13 games his rookie season.
-- Bailey Stephens
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Bailey Stephens, a reporter for MLB.com, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.