Greene has taken the field in 150 games with St. Louis since 2009. Just 84 of them were starts and he remained in the entire game just 53 times. Of his starts, only 47 were at his natural position of shortstop, with the others at second base, third base and one in centerfield.
The September 2011 plan, as stated by general manager John Mozeliak late last month, was for Greene to see significant action at shortstop during the final 30 days of the season. With Greene out of options in 2012, the organization must decide if he has a future role at the major league level.
The Cardinals' late-season comeback, with regular contributions from mid-season acquisition, shortstop Rafael Furcal, has scuttled the Greene audition. Greene has only seen shortstop this month from the bench or as he has run past the position. He has just two September plate appearances, one as a pinch-hitter, the other as an extra-innings left-fielder. Greene has been called upon to serve as a pinch-runner five other times this month.
I recently spoke with Greene about his 2011 experiences, both with Memphis and St. Louis as well as what might be ahead.
This is the third of a series of quick interviews with the Cardinals end-of-year additions from Memphis.
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