Back on June 5, former Evans star Todd Greene was placed on the disabled list by the Colorado Rockies.
Greene pulled his right hamstring and was expected to miss only a couple of weeks. Both Greene and the Rockies were hoping his stint on the DL would be brief, because Greene had established himself as a team leader and a very productive hitter.
In only 98 at-bats this season, Greene had six homers and 19 RBI. He was also hitting a very respectable .276. He appeared to be on his way to another double-figure home run season. The player who Greene was supposed to back up, J.D. Closser, was off to a miserable start. Closser was hitting below .190 with virtually no power numbers or run production.
Just when it seemed Greene had a chance to become the Rockies' primary catcher, he went down with the hamstring injury. Colorado's trainers were taking Greene's injury very slowly and they were reluctant to rush him back into action; however, Greene assured them he was fit to play, so the Rockies sent him to Class AAA Colorado Springs for a rehab stint with the Sky Sox.
Less than two weeks after the injury, Greene suited up for the Sky Sox and began where he left off with Colorado. He was 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in his first two games.
In his third game, Greene aggravated his tender hamstring and was forced to leave the game early.
The Rockies then brought him back up to let his hamstring heal, but he tweaked the hamstring again while working out in the bullpen. So there is really no timetable for his return to the Rockies.
Anyone who knows what kind of competitor Greene is knows he probably is about to go crazy.
"He just came back a little too soon, but he is as tough as they come and he wanted to get back out there," said Rockies representative Brendan McNichols. "The bad thing is, there is nothing you can do with this type of injury. You just have to sit and wait for it to heal, but we definitely want him back as soon as possible."
So it appears the Columbia County native could be out for an extended period of time. Hopefully he will heal quickly and get back on the field very soon. I know that if he can do anything in his power to help speed up the rehab process, then you can bet he is already doing it.
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