Greiner and Jake Rogers will likely compete this spring to serve as the backup catcher in Detroit behind new addition Wilson Ramos, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The Tigers signed the veteran Ramos to a one-year deal in January to serve as the No. 1 backstop. That means Greiner and Rogers will likely battle for the backup role, unless the team opts to carry three catchers, which seems unlikely to start the year. Greiner has never done much with the bat, but he does offer solid defense and a veteran presence behind the plate, so he is likely the frontrunner for the bench spot at this point, though the team could bring in additional competition at the position this spring.
Greiner was optioned to the Tigers' alternate training site Tuesday. Greiner has accomplished very little as the Tigers' backup backstop this season, hitting .118/.182/.333 over 55 plate appearances. He now owns a career .194/.264/.304 slash line in 395 trips to the plate. Eric Haase was recalled in a corresponding move and will back up Austin Romine down the stretch.
Greiner went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI Sunday against the Twins. Greiner played a big part in the Tigers' victory. He first came through with an RBI single in the sixth inning to cut the team's deficit to one. Two frames later he delivered a solo home run -- his third long ball of the season -- to put the Tigers up 8-7. Greiner has played primarily behind Austin Romine this year and is hitting just .143/.217/.405 in 46 plate appearances.
Greiner went 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Brewers. Greiner took Orlando Arcia deep in the ninth inning to record his second home run of the season in a blowout win. He's served as the backup catcher in Detroit this season, though with Austin Romine (knee) currently banged up, Greiner's playing time is increasing. Still, Greiner has shown little with the bat, hitting just .118/.211/.353 across 38 plate appearances.
Greiner went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Sunday's 7-4 win over Cleveland. Greiner has done very little offensively this season, but he supplied some punch from the No. 8 spot Sunday. The home run was the first of the season for the backup catcher, who is now batting .130 with a .607 OPS.