Zack Greinke sought clarity on his future role with Astros before Game 5 of ALCS

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By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Zack Greinke approached Astros general manager James Click before Game 5 of the American League Championship series to clarify his comments about the organization not believing in the future Hall of Famer’s abilities.

Greinke had just pitched six solid innings in Game 4, and after the game expressed satisfaction in the team showing belief in him that it had not previously. Greinke said you could point to Game 7 of the 2019 World Series as an example, but there were a dozen others you could point to.

The job for Click, in that moment, was just to listen to one of the best pitchers of his generation express his frustration and why he felt how he did.

Greinke also sought clarity on his role moving forward, which Click said will continue to be discussed internally.

But Click said there’s no doubt the Astros believe in Greinke’s ability.

“We had a long conversation. It was great. It was a very healthy conversation,” Click said Monday. “He expressed his views and why he made the comments and I mostly listened. My job in that situation I think was just to listen to a Hall of Famer and find out why he would be frustrated by those kinds of things. He understands that the postseason is a very different animal than the regular season and he wanted clarity on his role going forward. He wanted clarity on what do we expect from him going forward and that is something we will continue to talk about internally.

“But, the fact of the matter is that Zack Greinke is a Hall of Famer and absolutely we have confidence in him.”

Greinke is due $32 million in 2021 before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2022.

Greinke made 12 starts in 2020, posting a 1.134 WHIP with 67 strikeouts, nine walks and a 4.03 ERA.

The Astros will be without ace Justin Verlander next season due to Tommy John surgery. So Greinke, Lance McCullers Jr., Framber Valdez and Jose Urquidy figure to headline their pitching rotation.