Nick Green did all be could to show that he was up to playing regularly again in the major leagues. It was not enough, though, to convince the struggling Miami Marlins, who are determined to give their young players a chance.
Despite hitting .321 with a home run in eight games, Green was designated for assignment on Thursday so the Marlins could make room for young shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to come off the disabled list.
Hechavarria, a key part of Miami's salary dump trade with Toronto over the winter, went onto the DL with a right elbow contusion on April 18, opening up a roster spot for Green to be promoted from Class AAA New Orleans.
The Duluth graduate played regularly at shortstop in the 24-year-old's absence and did well in both the field and at the plate only to find out that there was no permanent spot for him on the roster.
"It's disappointing," the 34-year-old Green said. "Everybody wants to be in the big leagues and you got to try to do the best you can when you get a chance. That's all I could do."
The news came a day after Green had two doubles in a 7-6 loss to the New York Mets and three days after he had produced a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 15th inning to beat the Mets 4-3. He had sent that game to extra innings with an earlier sacrifice fly in the ninth.
The Marlins are Green's eighth major league team and his 12th organization since being drafted by the Braves and signing in 1999.
A thumb injury ended his season last August after being promoted from New Orleans and he started this year back in Class AAA, where he was hitting .293 in 11 games.
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.