Green on third team of season

If he didn't before, Nick Green definitely qualifies as a baseball journeyman now.

A year after being the Red Sox's regular shortstop for most of the season, the Duluth graduate is with his third organization this year and has just 14 major league games to show for it.

Green has been with Portland of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League since signing with the Padres in late July and is left to hope for a return to the majors when rosters can be expanded on Sept. 1. He has certainly done his part, hitting .288 in his first 23 games with the Beavers.

Green, who turns 32 on Sept. 12, lasted just a month with the Blue Jays after signing with them in mid-June. He began the season with Albuquerque of the PCL and played briefly with the Dodgers before returning to the minors. He was 1-for-8 in five games with LA and then 2-for-13 in nine games with Toronto.

The Padres are Green's ninth organization. He has played in the majors with the Braves, Rays, Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays, and in the minors for the Pirates.

Green was a fan favorite at Fenway Park last season, but missed the last few weeks of the regular season and the playoffs because of a bad back. He had surgery last fall.