Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Nick Green hasn't played regularly in the majors since a stint as Boston's shortstop in 2009. But the Duluth graduate and Lawrenceville resident is getting another chance to show what he can do -- at least temporarily.
Green was promoted from Class AAA New Orleans after rookie Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was placed on the disabled list because of a right elbow bruise and had three hits in his first game at Cincinnati on Friday.
The well-traveled 34-year-old utilityman started the following two games of the series with the Reds and remained in the lineup for the first game of a split doubleheader Tuesday in Minnesota after the Marlins and Twins were snowed out on Monday.
Green was hitting .293 with five extra-base hits and four RBIs in 11 games for New Orleans when promoted and gave Miami a lift in his first game.
Miami is Green's eighth major league team and he has played in 12 organizations since being drafted by the hometown Atlanta Braves and signing in 1999.
Green was called up by the Marlins last season after hitting .344 with 12 homers and 63 games and was getting playing time at second and third base before suffering a left thumb injury Aug. 12 that ended his season.
Green made it to Atlanta in 2004 and has spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues. In addition to the Braves and Marlins, he has played with the Rays, Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays.
The right-handed hitter was Boston's regular shortstop in 2009 when his season was cut short by back problems that led to surgery.
He hasn't spent a full year in the majors since and his best season at the plate remains his rookie year with the Braves, when he hit .273 in 95 games.