OH Doctor!

The Padres have wondered for two years what Khalil Greene might do if he got a full season in.

As a rookie in 2004, Greene's season was cut short on Sept. 13 by non-displaced fracture of his right index finger. He finished with a .273 average, 15 homers and 65 RBIs.

Last year, two more trips to the disabled list limited Greene to 121 games. He had 15 homers and 70 RBIs, although his average slipped to .250.

Just before all three trips to the disabled list, Greene showed signs of moving to the next level. On Sept. 9-11, 2004, Greene had homered in three straight games. He suffered a fractured toe last August less than a week after homering in back-to-back games.

"The injuries couldn't have come at a worse time for Khalil," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

Greene is certainly off to a fast start this season. He homered twice Tuesday afternoon at Florida, driving in four runs. That gives Greene four homers -- which ties him for the National League lead -- and 10 RBIs in the Padres' first six games of the season. But he also has struck out seven times in 24 at-bats.

REPLAY: Khalil Greene supplied the runs Tuesday with two homers and four RBIs in the Padres' 9-3 win at Florida. But just as important was the five-inning outing by veteran right-hander Woody Williams.

Back in the rotation because left-hander Shawn Estes went on the disabled list, Williams picked up the win by allowing three runs on five hits.

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