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Royals ace Greinke skipping start with shoulder soreness

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Kansas City Royals right-hander Zack Greinke was scratched from Sunday's start against the Chicago White Sox because of soreness in his back right shoulder.

Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner, was replaced for precautionary reasons and is expected to start the first game back after the All-Star break against the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

"His strength is all fine," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "It's not a pain. He just still kind of feels it back there. I wouldn't classify it as a stiffness. It's not anything serious. The back of the shoulder is the place where all pitchers have post-game soreness. This just never quite totally went away."

In 18 starts this season, Greinke is 5-8 with a 3.71 ERA. In his most recent start against Seattle on Tuesday, he didn't allow an unearned run in seven innings while striking out nine. He has won fourth straight decisions after starting 1-8.

The soreness developed while covering third base in Tuesday's game.

"He didn't do it throwing," Yost said. "It's not a throwing injury. It was a sensation that he felt in his arm when he went to cover third base and jerked back. It effects the part of his arm back here [points behind shoulder] that is on the decelerating process. It's not on the throwing process. It's on the decelerating process."

Anthony Lerew will start in place of Greinke. Lerew is 1-2 with a 5.24 ERA in four starts for the Royals.

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