Greene to get fresh start in Houston
Admittedly surprised by the news that he was no longer a Cardinal, Tyler Greene also seemed pleased about the opportunity to get a fresh start elsewhere. In fact, in the span of about five minutes, he used the word “excited” more than a dozen times to talk about the Cardinals’ decision to trade him to Houston.
It was becoming obvious that Greene was never going to thrive here in St. Louis. He seemed mentally worn down by the inability to play well consistently. And limited playing time certainly wasn’t going to help jumpstart Greene anytime soon. Perhaps Greene will flourish elsewhere, but it’s safe to say he never would have here.
Greene took time to talk with the media before leaving Busch Stadium, and you can read his comments, as well as some from general manager John Mozeliak, in this story.
After the Cardinals’ win on Thursday, manager Mike Matheny added his thoughts about Greene’s departure:
“I’m excited that he’s got a new opportunity, and I think it’s going to be a good fit for him. I think he’s going to get a lot of playing time, from what we hear, and that’s what anybody needs. He and I have had many discussions this year. I hate to see the person leave, as I am a big fan of Tyler, the person. I’m a big fan of the ability that he has. I do believe that will click for him sometime.
“Right now, we’re in the middle of the hunt and we have to try and put our best eight players out there each day and it was tough to find time for him because the other guys are heating up.
“I’m sad to see him go, but I know that this could be one the best things that ever happened to him in his career.”
The Cardinals have not yet announced the corresponding roster move that will add a player to their 25-man roster, but it’s likely the Cardinals will pluck a middle infielder out of Triple-A. Ryan Jackson, Pete Kozma and Eugenio Velez would all seem to be options.
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