Greinke injury is a major blow to Dodgers' chances

Zack Greinke won't be carrying the Dodgers on his shoulders—or his clavicles—anytime soon.

On Friday, the team said the right-handed star pitcher will need surgery and is out for perhaps two months after breaking his left collarbone in a benches-clearing brawl Thursday. The fracas started after Greinke hit the Padres' Carlos Quentin with a pitch. Quentin was suspended for eight games.

Greinke was a marquee off-season acquisition of the Dodgers (six years, $147 million) and was a major factor in many picking the Dodgers to win the World Series (including Box-Toppers).

Greinke led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2009 with 21.5, the year he also won the American League Cy Young Award with the Kansas City Royals. He remains among the top-ranked players in Box-Toppers points. Since 2008, he has the 5th most points among NL pitchers (73.4), which is the 10th most among all players. Since the start of 2012, he ranks 10th among NL pitchers. And his overall 91.8 career Box-Toppers points puts him at 10th place among active NL pitchers.

He already had 2.0 Box-Toppers points for 2013 after being named Player of the Day on April 5.

Greinke stats  
YearTeamB-T ptsComments
2004kc al5.7 
2005kc al3 
2006kc al0 
2007kc al9.7 
2008kc al11.7 
2009kc al21.5Led MLB in Box-Toppers points.
2010kc al9 
2011mil nl16.5Ranked 7th among NL pitchers.
2012mil nl/ana al12.7(7.7 with Brewers, 5 with Angels)
2013lad nl2 
Total 91.8Ranks 10th among active NL pitchers.
2012-13 14.7Ranks 10th among NL pitchers.
2008-13 73.4Ranks 10th among all players, 5th among NL pitchers.