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Khalil Greene continues to suffer from anxiety issues

Feb 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

The Rangers signed Khalil Greene to a one-year, $500,000 deal this winter, hoping he could replace Omar Vizquel as their
utility guy.  Ken Rosenthal reports some bad news, however:

Infielder Khalil Greene is again suffering from anxiety issues, leaving
the Texas Rangers short an infielder as they begin spring training. Greene, 30, will not report with the rest of the team’s position
players Tuesday and could miss significant time, according to
major-league sources.

This is really, really sad.

UPDATEThe Rangers’ statement on Greene:

“The Rangers fully support Khalil’s decision to address this private
matter. 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.

“We have not put a timetable on a possible return to the club with
the sole focus right now on doing what we can to assist him. The
Rangers will continue to work with Khalil and his representatives to
monitor his situation and interest in rejoining our organization.

“Over the next few days, we expect that Khalil’s status will be
more clearly defined. We will also communicate the impact on the 40-man
roster once we’ve walked through our administrative options.”

Evan Grant tweets that the Rangers could either place him on the restricted list or void his contract.  I don’t know anything special about the Rangers’ roster considerations or Greene’s health, but I can’t imagine them voiding his deal would help all that much with his anxiety . . .

  1. Shely - Feb 22, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Only the twits tweet on this one. Let the poor guy along. If he has a medical problem, let him & his docs deal with it. For pete’s sake, let him alone. We don’t need to know who is treating him and when etc. with all the details. Let it lay, and get on the the games.

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  4. The Ol Goaler - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    You look at the tabs in the supermarket? I just turn away, man…
    I don’t know what demons Greene is fighting, but it was painful to watch him try to play last season. Here’s hoping he gets the help he needs, whether he ever plays another inning of baseball or not.

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