Even when Khalil Greene homered in his first three games after going on the 15-day disabled list with social anxiety disorder, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa held off celebrating.
“When he had success in Kansas City, that wasn’t really the test,” La Russa said. “The test is when you struggle and how you handle it.”
Greene scuffled the next five games, going 1-for-17 with five strikeouts, and the anxiety resurfaced. The Cardinals placed him on the DL for a second time on Monday.
“We just felt it was a move we had to make to get him away from it again,” La Russa said.
General manager John Mozeliak said Greene would not be with the team for perhaps two weeks.
“We’re just going to give him a little time to figure out what’s best,” Mozeliak said. “We have to be patient.”
The Cardinals purchased the contract of 24-year-old right-hander Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Memphis. That move restores the pitching staff to 13 one day following the acquisition of Mark DeRosa from the Indians.
Greene, acquired in the offseason from the Padres, is batting .200 with five home runs and 19 RBI. His eight errors are one off the team high despite playing in only 47 games. He was activated from the DL on June 18 after missing 19 games.
La Russa didn’t want to comment in depth on Greene’s woes. Greene broke his left hand last July, ending his season prematurely, after he punched a wall near the dugout.
“It’s delicate enough to where I think it’s really not in good taste to talk about it,” the manager said. “It’s personal and it involves his profession but I’m not going to get into it.”
Ramirez drops in voting
Manny Ramirez dropped one spot to seventh place in All-Star voting among National League outfielders with four days remaining in balloting for starters.
The Los Angeles Dodgers star, whose 50-game drug suspension is slated to end Friday, had 1,343,011 votes and trailed Philadelphia’s Raul Ibañez (2,970,139), Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (2,654.061), the New York Mets’ Carlos Beltran (2,085,028), the Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano (1,916,598), Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino (1,642,248) and Milwaukee’s Mike Cameron (1,345,763). The top three outfielders are elected to start the July 14 game at St. Louis.
Beltran gets second opinion
Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran was in Colorado on Monday to get a second opinion on his ailing right knee.
Beltran was consulting with noted knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman at his Vail clinic. Beltran has an aching bone bruise in his knee and assistant general manager John Ricco said Beltran asked to have a second opinion.
Beltran, a Gold Glove center fielder, went on the 15-day disabled list on June 22. He was hitting .336 with eight homers, 20 doubles, 40 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
Surgery for A’s Outman
Oakland rookie left-hander Josh Outman will have surgery on his pitching elbow today
Outman visited with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday. Outman was transferred to the 60-day disabled list a day earlier, signaling the club expects a lengthy recovery period.
Outman was a rare bright spot for the last-place Athletics this season, going 4-1 with a 3.48 ERA. He left his last start in San Diego on June 19 in the second inning with what the team called a sprained elbow.
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell had fluid drained from his ailing right hip Monday in Boston and received an injection to relieve inflammation in his surgically repaired joint. The Red Sox will wait a few days to determine if the treatment was successful or Lowell needs to be placed on the disabled list, manager Terry Francona said. … Milwaukee Brewers prospect Jeremy Jeffress was suspended for 100 games after his third violation of baseball’s drug rules. A 21-year-old right-hander, Jeffress also was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 30, 2007. He was Milwaukee’s top pick in the 2006 amateur draft, the 16th selection overall, and received a $1.55 million signing bonus.