Greene cleared waivers Wednesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha. Greene was cast off the Royals' 40-man roster before having the chance to make his big-league debut. He struggled to a 5.13 ERA in the two highest levels of the minors last season.
Greene was designated for assignment Wednesday. A former top prospect in the Blue Jays' system, Greene is on his third organization and has been unable to improve his command to the point that he could be unleashed as a big-league reliever. He has an upper-90s fastball and his changeup has shown the potential to be an above-average offering, so it's possible a fourth organization will try to fix his command/control.
Greene was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Greene opened camp with the big-league team as a member of the 40-man roster but still needs to prove himself in the minors before making his debut. The 23-year-old recorded a solid 3.66 ERA in 39.1 innings of work at Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals' organization last season, though that number hid an ugly 26:31 K:BB and a 5.75 FIP.
Greene was claimed off waivers by the Royals on Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Greene split time between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis in 2018, posting a 4.44 ERA and 1.54 WHIP across 48.2 innings with the Cardinals and a 3.66 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 39.1 innings with the Redbirds. Burch Smith was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move.
Greene was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Tuesday. In an effort to protect other minor-league prospects from the Rule 5 draft, the Cardinals have shipped Greene off the 40-man roster. Genesis Cabrera, Ryan Helsley, Lane Thomas and Ramon Urias were all added in corresponding moves.
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