Greene enjoys increased playing time with Astros

Greene enjoys increased playing time with Astros

ST. LOUIS -- Less than two weeks after being dealt away, Tyler Greene returned to St. Louis this week as a member of the Houston Astros.

Greene was already touting the positives -- regular playing time and a fresh start -- minutes after learning he'd be leaving the only Major League organization he had ever known. So far, both of those opportunities, Greene said, have been rejuvenating.

"It been an opportunity to play the game, get out there and get four or five at-bats every day," Greene said Wednesday from the visitors' side at Busch Stadium. "Consistent playing time, that's been a big breath of fresh air to me. I'm just excited about the new start."

Greene has made seven starts already for the Astros and has gone 11-for-34 with five extra-base hits and four RBIs. He did not have a hit in three at-bats against Adam Wainwright on Tuesday and was met with a smattering of applause and boos upon being introduced each time he came to the plate.

Selected in the first-round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Greene hit .218 in 77 games with the Cardinals this year.

"I played hard here. I felt like I played the game the right way," Greene said. "I was a good teammate in the clubhouse, and I enjoyed my time here. This was all that I knew. It has been an experience to see what goes on on the other side."