Thursday, January 21, 2010
Greene enjoying game again
By Richard Durrett
Khalil Greene, who is the Rangers' utility infielder for 2010, talked to reporters Thursday about coming to Texas and rebounding from a tough year on the field and off it.
Greene, 30, played in just 77 games in 2009 with the St. Louis Cardinals and hit .200 with six homers and 24 RBIs. He had two disabled list stints because of social anxiety disorder.
Indications of problems actually surfaced in 2008 when he was with the Padres. Then, Greene missed an extended period of time with a broken hand suffered when he punched a storage chest near the dugout.
Greene didn’t want to get into specifics, but said that he had some "unresolved personal things" last year.
"I don’t think it’s any different than a lot of people as far as stresses and pressure of everyday life on the field and off the field," Greene said. "I was carrying that on the field where the game itself becomes an obstacle. It wasn’t the primary obstacle, but it was difficult."
Greene said he "didn’t feel as good about playing" and that his frustration level was "higher than it should have been."
Greene said things got better when he came off the DL the second time.
"I felt reborn as a player," Greene said. "I felt like I was able to enjoy what I was doing. Even though I wasn’t playing consistently, I was glad to be there."
Greene said he's enjoyed offseason workouts and is excited about the 2010 season. He said he's willing to play wherever the Rangers need him. He's played third base and shortstop in his major league career, but manager Ron Washington said Greene will take ground balls and first and second as well.
"I'm very pleased we got a guy of his ability," Washington said. "He has tremendous hands and great instincts. I love his attitude, and we'll get him up to speed in every position."
Daniels said on many teams that Greene has the ability to start.
"We feel like there's still a lot left there," Daniels said. "He has right-handed power. He can defend and move around. He takes his craft seriously. Everyone says he’s very committed to what he does and that he wants to win."
The Rangers designated outfielder Greg Golson for assignment to make room for Greene on the 40-man roster. They still must make a move for Colby Lewis, once that paperwork has cleared through the MLB office.