Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The Los Angeles Angels thought they were getting an elite-level pitcher when they acquired Zack Greinke in a trade before the July 31 deadline. After a slow start, it has proven to be true. Greinke is 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA over his past six starts, allowing no more than two runs or five hits in any of those outings. However, he apparently came with limitations. For the second consecutive start, Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled Greinke from a close game Thursday after he had thrown 109 pitches, saying he was "uncomfortable" pushing Greinke beyond that range. In Kansas City on Saturday, Greinke was two outs short of a shutout when Scioscia removed him following 109 pitches. In Anaheim on Thursday, the Angels and the Texas Rangers were tied 1-1 after eight innings. Both times, closer Ernesto Frieri came in and lost the game in the ninth inning. "Zack got to a certain point, pitched a terrific ballgame, but he was getting to a pitch count that's a little uncomfortable," Scios...
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