Atlanta recalled Greene from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
After inking a one-year deal with Atlanta on May 9, Greene spent most of the past month ramping up at the team's extended spring training site before heading to Gwinnett. He impressed during his four-appearance rehab assignment at Gwinnett, striking out five over 4.1 innings while giving up a run on four hits and two walks. Despite some occasional struggles this season, Will Smith appears locked in as Atlanta's closer, but Greene could quickly re-emerge as one of manager Brian Snitker's most-trusted setup men.
Greene has joined Atlanta and is expected to have his contract selected this weekend, though it won't be for Friday's matchup with the Dodgers, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The 32-year-old re-signed with Atlanta on May 9 and is on the cusp of joining the big-league roster after making four appearances at Triple-A Gwinnett. Greene posted a 2.60 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 21:9 K:BB over 27.2 innings for Atlanta in 2020.
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said Greene (back) felt good coming out of his recent appearance Tuesday with Triple-A Gwinnett, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Following his second appearance with Gwinnett on May 26, Greene was pushed back in the Triple-A club's pitching schedule for a couple days while he contended with back tightness. The injury only proved to be a short-term concern for Greene, who struck out one over a scoreless frame Tuesday. Since he missed all of spring training and didn't sign a minor-league deal with Atlanta until early May, Greene may need to make at least a few more appearances for Gwinnett before he garners consideration for a promotion to the big-league bullpen.
Greene's next Triple-A appearance has been pushed back until Tuesday due to back tightness, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Greene signed a one-year deal with Atlanta in early May and began his minor-league assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on May 22. Manager Brian Snitker compared Greene's injury to tightness that a pitcher might experience during spring training and didn't sound too concerned about the issue. It's not yet clear when Greene will be able to join Atlanta's bullpen.
Greene will make his first appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The Braves have not offered insight into how many minor-league outings Greene will require before he's ready to join their bullpen. Greene has proved his worth as a reliable late-inning reliever in three of the last four seasons and should provide a valuable, right-handed option to the Braves' lefty-heavy bullpen.
Greene agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Atlanta on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The 32-year-old posted a 2.60 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 21:9 K:BB over 27.2 innings for Atlanta during 2020, but he was unable to find a new team throughout the offseason and early part of 2021. Greene will report to Triple-A Gwinnett, and it's unclear how long he's expected to be in the minors before joining the big-league club.
Greene (1-0) allowed an unearned run and a walk in one inning but earned the win in Friday's extra-innings victory over the Red Sox.
The run against Greene came on an Alex Verdugo sacrifice fly in the 11th inning. In the bottom of the 11th, Freddie Freeman hit a walkoff two-run homer to give Greene the win. It's the fourth time in his last six outings that Greene has allowed a run to score, although this one won't show up on his ERA, which stands at 2.70. He's added a 1.13 WHIP, nine holds and 21 strikeouts in 26.2 innings this season.
Greene walked one batter in a scoreless eighth inning during Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.
The right-hander has been a dependable arm in the Atlanta bullpen to begin the season. Greene still has not allowed an earned run through eight appearances, and his 7:1 K:BB suggests that's not purely fueled by good luck. Despite his success, however, he hasn't seen a lot of high-leverage work -- Greene has only two holds so far, after recording 23 saves and 10 holds in a 2019 campaign split between Atlanta and Detroit.
Greene retired only two hitters while surrendering four runs on three hits and a walk in Monday's 6-4 exhibition loss to the Phililes.
Manager Brian Snitker said early on in spring training that Greene could be a candidate to pick up saves this season, but Mark Melancon and Will Smith look like the clear top two options to close as Opening Day approaches. Greene has only hurt his case for seizing a late-inning role based on how he's fared so far this spring. Through three appearances in the Grapefruit League, Greene has been tagged for six runs (five earned) while giving up six hits and two walks over 2.2 innings.
Greene was one of three relievers manager Brian Snitker suggested he wouldn't hesitate to use as a closer this season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The 31-year-old was lights-out as Detroit's closer in the first half last year, but he struggled in the role after being acquired by Atlanta and was quickly replaced by Mark Melancon in the ninth. Greene is also likely behind free-agent signee Will Smith in the pecking order, so while Snitker's vote of confidence to begin the spring is nice to see, Greene is a longshot to make a meaningful impact in the save category in 2020.
Greene lost his arbitration case against the Braves on Wednesday. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The 31-year-old will earn $6.25 million this season, compared to the $6.75 million he had requested. Greene struggled with Atlanta down the stretch after being named to the All-Star Game in 2019, logging a 4.01 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 21 strikeouts across 24.2 innings. The veteran will begin the 2020 season battling Will Smith, Luke Jackson and Chris Martin for save opportunities as the Braves closer.
Greene struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to record his 23rd save of the season -- but his first with Atlanta -- in Friday's 4-3 win over the Nationals.
Mark Melancon pitched Thursday night and struggled, opening the door for Greene to get his first save chance since Aug. 10, and the former Tigers closer didn't squander the opportunity. Greene seems to have overcome whatever issues he was experiencing following the trade to Atlanta, reeling off 13 straight scoreless appearances with a 14:2 K:BB over that stretch, but whether he's set to reclaim the ninth-inning role he was originally set for when he joined the club or if he will remain Melancon's understudy isn't yet clear.
Greene was charged with the blown save in Saturday's loss to the Marlins after giving up two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning, allowing three inherited runners to score.
Newly anointed closer Mark Melancon entered with a four-run lead, but he gave up four one-out hits to create the save chance for Greene. The right-hander gave up a bases-loaded single and a bases-loaded double, but his defense helped him escape when the winning run was thrown out at the plate. Greene now has two blown saves with five runs allowed in his first five appearances (four innings) with the Braves.
Greene has lost his job as Atlanta's closer for the time being, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Greene hasn't been able to find his groove since being dealt to the Braves, so skipper Brian Snitker will hand the closer's role to Mark Melancon for now. Given Greene's track record, he'll likely remain in a high-leverage role and could win back the job at a later date, though Melancon will be the primary closer for now, per Burns. Greene picked up a hold after allowing a hit and retiring one batter via the strikeout Friday night against the Marlins.
Greene (0-3) allowed three runs on four hits with no walks and a strikeout while taking a loss against the Reds on Sunday.
The 30-year-old isn't off to the best of starts with the Braves. He gave up a run in a blown save Saturday during his Atlanta debut, and then he tossed up a three-run homer in a loss Sunday. Greene is still putting together a very strong season, but his ERA has spiked by nearly a full run during his first two Braves outings. He owns 22 saves with a 2.03 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 40 innings this season.
Greene gave up a run on three hits and a walk in an inning of relief Saturday to blow his fourth save of the year in a 5-4 extra-inning win over the Reds.
After an impressive first four months of the season for Detroit in which he compiled a 1.18 ERA and 22-for-25 conversion rate on save chances, Greene had an inauspicious debut for Atlanta, although the club was able to win it in the 10th after his stumble. The right-hander should have a long leash as the club's closer, although it is worth noting he hasn't actually picked up a save since June 29 -- blowing his only two save chances in July for a Tigers squad that didn't have many leads to protect.
Greene confirmed Thursday that he will close for the Braves, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
This isn't all too surprising, as Greene compiled a shiny 1.18 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 43:18 K:BB in 38 innings with the Tigers prior to being traded to Atlanta. This is a best-case scenario for Greene, who keeps his ninth-inning gig while getting an upgrade in team context. Luke Jackson will move to a setup role as a result.
Greene was traded from the Tigers to the Braves, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
While the Braves have decent ninth-inning options on hand -- Luke Jackson and the recently acquired Chris Martin -- Greene seems like a good bet to get the bulk of the save opportunities over the rest of the season. The 30-year-old righty, who is a free agent after the 2020 season, logged a 1.18 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 43:12 K:BB in 38 innings for the Tigers this season. He was 22-for-25 on save chances. This is basically a best-case scenario for Greene's fantasy owners, as he likely keeps a ninth-inning gig while getting an upgrade in team context.
Greene blew the save in Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, allowing two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk in an inning of work. He also struck out three.
Greene blew just his third save of the season in 25 chances when he allowed a two-run home run to Lourdes Gurriel, though Detroit would rally for the win in extra innings. The 30-year-old reliever has been excellent this year despite the hiccup, as he has a 1.25 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 40:11 K:BB across 36 innings, making him an ideal trade candidate for the 30-65 Tigers with the July 31 deadline approaching.
Greene gave up a solo home run to Yoan Moncada in the 10th inning to blow his second save of the season during an eventual 9-6 loss to the White Sox in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader.
His only other blown assignment came May 23 against the Marlins. Greene still boasts a 1.13 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 32:9 K:BB through 32 innings on the year in addition to his 22 saves, and he remains one of the most likely closers to get shipped to a contender by the trade deadline.
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