Greene hits DL after playing with injury

Greene hits DL after playing with injury

ST. LOUIS -- Before the Cardinals' 9-1 win over the Pirates on Sunday, it appeared Tyler Greene would be optioned to Triple-A Memphis to make room on the active roster for newly acquired starting pitcher Jake Westbrook.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa expressed disappointment with a lack of communication from Greene, whom La Russa said contacted his agent for help after finding out he was being sent back to the Minors.

"That was upsetting," La Russa said after the game. "I actually told him last night, 'Coming to the park, there is a chance you will play.' You know, I wasn't sure if I would play Felipe [Lopez] or who would be at second base. 'So come to the park ready to play.' 'OK' [Greene said].

"We had a long meeting to discuss it," La Russa continued. "It took us a while to figure, because it is a complicated thing, and it went against him. Next thing we know, I guess he called his agent, the agent called [general manager John Mozeliak] and says he has a bad wrist. [Greene] said -- the quote I got -- was he didn't want to make a lot of it with the trainers because he didn't want to get sent down. Well, I mean, that is not really fair."

Greene said the wrist wasn't healing like he thought it would, and hitting was becoming increasingly difficult.

The Cardinals have already had one infielder, David Freese, try to play through an injury that got worse instead of better. Freese is starting a rehab assignment Monday after missing July.

"It was something I was trying to play through," Greene said. "It stayed the same, it didn't get much better. Playing is going to aggravate it more, so we decided to shut it down, see what is going on and give it some rest to get back to 100 percent."

When asked if in hindsight he would change the way he handled the situation, Greene was non-committal.

"I mean, yeah, I would probably say something right away. But it was something that was there, that wasn't 100 percent and was I playing hoping it would just get better with time."

Green is hitting .269 with a .359 on-base percentage and .412 slugging percentage this season in the Majors while filling in at third base, shortstop and second defensively.