"Yesterday, it looked he was tracking the ball well, wasn't jumping, wasn't swinging at a lot of bad pitches," Matheny said. "So you see somebody who, their timing looks right, you figure out how to give them an opportunity to get going."
Greene, who went 0-for-2 with a walk Monday, produced a pinch-hit single in Friday's loss against the Pirates before going 1-for-4 with a run in Sunday's win. Matheny also said he likes the way Greene has been playing in the field, adding that he didn't put Greene in Monday's lineup just so the second baseman could play consecutive days.
"It just looked like it fit," Matheny said. "I like what I've seen at the plate and, with that being said, too, [Cubs starter Matt] Garza's a tough draw for anybody. But with the kind of at-bats Tyler's been taking, I think it gives us a good [chance]."