Greisen slowed by hammy

Aug. 15: Third-year player Nick Greisen was all set to claim the starting MLB job vacated when New York released Micheal Barrow this offseason. That plan hit a bump in the road two plays into New York's preseason opener when Greisen strained his left hamstring and had to leave the contest.

"It's safe to say it stinks," Greisen said. "I have a lot to prove, and an injury isn't a good way to do it. But at least it happened in the preseason and not the regular season."

"I was angry when it happened. All I could think about was, ‘Here I go again.' I don't need to miss any time in training camp, especially when I need to prove something to these coaches."

Tom Coughlin made it clear Greisen can't prove anything if he's not on the field.

"We need him back," Coughlin said. "He needs to be back if he's going to make a statement about whether or not that's the spot that he's going to anchor down."

In Greisen's stead, third-year man Quincy Monk will get the first look, with Kevin Lewis also receiving reps at Mike.

"This is my third year playing SAM, so when they put me at middle it's like starting over. But I think I'm handling it pretty well," said Monk, who dropped about 13 pounds to 237 this offseason. "This is my third year – you've got to do something out there. This could be it. This may be my opportunity to shine."

The same is true for Lewis, who joined the Giants in 2000 as an undrafted free agent from Duke and is now competing to stay on the team for a fifth season. He has played in 47 games with two starts. Lewis is the most versatile of the linebackers, because he can play all three positions. But he's never been secure at any of them.

"It's the same deal for me – I'm always a guy who has to fight to make it," Lewis said. "I'm always a guy who's counted out and not supposed to be here."

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