April 30, 2009

A different shade of Greene

Tyler Greene will get a call-up from Triple-A Memphis due to the recent injuries to both Khalil Greene and Brendan Ryan.

The Khalil shade of Greene has been give three to four days off by Cards' skipper Tony La Russa because of soreness in his right forearm. K. Greene had been trying to play through the what he felt was an annoyance type of mild injury, but the forearm became too uncomfortable on throws and he has taken the days to see if rest will cure the ill. He is available for pinch-hitting and/or pinch-running duties, however, and is not expected to go on the DL.

Meanwhile, utility man/shortstop Brendan Ryan pulled up on a sprint to first base Wednesday night against the Braves, clutching at the back of his left leg, high, in the hamstring area. He has been diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain, according to the St. Louis Cardinals. Some type of injury was obvious, Ryan limping back after his run to first, stopping several times and feeling at the injured area.

Ryan will go on the 15-day DL.

The temporary loss of Ryan behooved La Russa to recover a different shade of Greene, as in Tyler Greene, making a call to Triple-A Memphis to get shortstop Tyler Greene on the move to meet the club in Washington.

The Cardinals start a four-game series with the Nationals at Nationals Park Thursday night at 6:05 p.m. CT

photo by Barbara Moore