Matt Quatraro appreciative of 'ultimate teammate' Zack Greinke

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The Kansas City Royals are in the throes of a rebuild, but they’re fortunate to have a decent group of veterans to help get their young guys acclimated to the big leagues.

Among those key veterans is Zack Greinke.

Since Greinke returned to where his career began last season, the Royals have not hidden from their adoration for the hurler. While he’s not the ace-caliber pitcher he once was, he still is a useful MLB starter and, perhaps more importantly, brings a wealth of experience and, in turn, information.

That has been an asset not just for the players, but the coaching staff too.

“Only knowing him this year, I don’t know the backstory and the history of how he’s evolved and stuff, but I can tell you he has been the ultimate teammate,” Royals first-year manager Matt Quatraro said Wednesday in his weekly appearance on Fescoe in the Morning. “Not only for the other players, but for the staff as well.

“What he’s bringing to the table every day, he’s obviously there to make himself better and continue to grow as a player, but he understands that he has a lot to share with us and a lot to help us improve with as coaches and as an organization too. He’s been very selfless”

The Royals have played some bad baseball this season, but there remains a young group worth being excited about. Having the likes of Greinke and Salvador Perez around to help them realize their potential can only be a good thing.

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