Notes: Greinke makes strong bid
Hurler aids Royals' win, improves chances of making team
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke knows he has to perform well in Spring Training to earn a spot on the Royals' 12-man staff or he could be opening the season in Omaha.Greinke had his best outing so far on Wednesday, tossing four scoreless innings in the Royals' 6-2 victory over the Rockies. Greinke struck out six of the 15 batters he faced, walked none and yielded four hits. There may be just one spot open in the rotation, and Brian Bannister and Joakim Soria have been impressive in their early March auditions. "Zack didn't harm his chances by any means," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "Now is the time when these guys have to start showing some things. They should have their stuff by now, have their feet underneath them. We're not ready to make any kind of decisions. He is certainly in the thick of things. It is time when guys have to really step up, and he did today. It was nice to see." Greinke lowered his ERA from 7.20 to 4.00. "I just needed an outing to do good, just so they could see it," Greinke said. "I felt like I've thrown good the times before, but just the results weren't there. So I was like, 'If I do the same thing or a little better, then it will be about time to even out to where an outing will go my way instead of not.'" Greinke is enjoying the competition to fill the vacancy for the fifth slot in the rotation. "I like what is going on because we have like eight people who can do the job," Greinke said. "That is what we haven't had in the past. When someone didn't work out, there was no one really to fill in. This year, we have a lot of people that can come and do the job. That is what I like. "Even if I don't make the team, if someone doesn't do the job they'll bring someone to fill in. If I do make the team, then if I don't do the job they have someone to come and fill in to help the team win right away. That is one thing that's really going good for our club this year, for our pitching staff. We have a lot more options than in the past."
Alan Eskew is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.