Sadly, it looks like former Cardinals shortstop and third baseman Khalil Greene is still having troubles.
The Rangers, who signed Greene to a $750,000, one-year contract over the off-season, released a statement today that said Greene called the team's general manager and said he was having a recurrence of the social anxiety disorder that has plagued him the last two seasons. As a result, GM John Daniels said Greene won't be joining the team at spring training.
"The Rangers fully support Khalil's decision to address this private matter," Daniels said in a statement issued earlier Monday morning. "Per club policy, we will not comment on his medical situation. We have agreed to leave the door open for a continued relationship, if both Khalil and the team desire that in the future."
No timetable has been set for a possible return.
Greene technically missed 46 games last season for the Cardinals because of his incapacitating anxiety issues. But he actually wasn't available for a lot of games during which he was technically on the active roster as the Redbirds tried to give him time to recover.
Expected to be a utility player for the Rangers, it is unknown if the team will try to find a replacement for Greene or if it will try to make it without him. One possibility is former Cardinal Felipe Lopez, although Lopez stands to want a lot more money that Greene was expected to make.
The Rangers could recoup some of that money by trying to have Greene's contract voided. But it doesn't sound like that is what they are planning, given Daniels' comments.
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