When the Brewers announced their September call-ups, one name was curiously absent: infielder Taylor Green, who spent May and June with the big league club this year before getting sent down to play every day. With Corey Hart establishing himself at first and Aramis Ramirez putting together his best season in a few years, there didn’t seem to be much opportunity for Green to play in September, so he didn’t get the call earlier this week.
But things can change in a hurry, even in September. Ramirez left Wednesday night’s game against the Marlins with a lower back strain, and was unable to make the quick turnaround to be in the lineup this afternoon. With Cody Ransom gone on waivers last week, the only other 3B option on the Brewers’ roster is Jeff Bianchi, who before Wednesday night, had never played the position as a professional.
With Brewers brass spending this morning talking about taking it day-by-day with Ramirez, there was some talk of Green possibly getting called up after all if things didn’t improve. It appears Doug Melvin didn’t want to take the chance of waiting, though, as Green’s agent Josh Kusnick tweeted this morning that Green was on his way:
Taylor Green back to the show
— Joshua Kusnick (@39ontheline) September 6, 2012
Now that Green is up, it’ll be interesting to see how much he plays. Is this a sign Ramirez’s injury is worse than they first thought? Or are they just making sure they’re covered at third as Ramirez goes day-to-day, with the team on the outer edges of the NL Wild Card race?
Green hit .198/.287/.358 in 44 games with the Brewers this year, serving mostly as a pinch-hitter. He hit .273/.345/.408 with 7 home runs and 17 doubles in 77 games at Nashville this season. He was the Brewers’ minor league player of the year last season, an honor that went to Hunter Morris this season.