In their quest to find a second baseman, the Braves have signed Tyler Greene to a Minor League deal and assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett, the team announced via Twitter. Greene, who turned 30 years old today, was released by the White Sox on Tuesday.
We learned last night that GM Frank Wren had been scouring the waiver wire for a second baseman. The Braves are hoping Greene might be their stopgap solution as Dan Uggla works his way back after undergoing LASIK eye surgery.
Gordon Beckham is back from the disabled list after missing nearly two months with a broken hamate bone in his left hand.
Beckham spent eight games rehabbing at Triple-A, going 12-for-36 (.333) with two doubles, and to make room for his return the White Sox designated Tyler Greene for assignment.
Jeff Keppinger has been the primary fill in for Beckham at second base, but posted a measly .589 OPS in 34 games there and figures to move into a part-time utility role for now.
It wasn’t a very good night for first-base umpires Friday. Angel Hernandez cost the White Sox a win over the Marlins in the 10th, though they did come back and prevail in the 11th anyway.
MLB.com has the video and, more importantly, also has the audio as Hawk Harrelson reacts to the call. Alex Rios was ruled out on an inning-ending double play that should have been a fielder’s choice with the winning run scoring from third. Fortunately, the White Sox scored for real an inning later when Jeff Keppinger singled in pinch-runner Tyler Greene.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura responded afterwards, shrugging off the call:
Gordon Beckham exited Tuesday’s game after tweaking his left wrist on a swing and the White Sox just announced that he has a fractured hamate bone.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Beckham will need surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which could knock him out until July.
Beckham has mostly struggled since a strong rookie season in 2009, hitting just .239 with a .664 OPS in his last 439 games, but the White Sox don’t have any great options to replace him at second base. They could shift Jeff Keppinger from third base to second base, but that may not be pretty defensively and would also require giving Conor Gillaspie regular work at third base.
Tyler Greene, who just joined the White Sox on a minor-league deal after being released by the Astros, is currently at Triple-A and could get a call-up. Another option would be recalling Brent Morel, who not so long ago was the regular third baseman in Chicago.
Released by the Astros last week, Tyler Greene has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox.
Greene was a first-round pick in 2005, but he’s hit just .224 with a .647 OPS in 266 games through age 29. He does have a little pop and good speed, so he could carve out a decent career as a utility man.
For now he’ll head to Triple-A, where he last hit .323 with 14 homers and a 1.001 OPS in 66 games for the Cardinals’ affiliate in 2011.