Dave Dombrowski looked like a genius after he acquired RHP Shane Greene in a trade with the New York Yankees in December of 2014.
Greene made a strong first impression with the Tigers in 2015. He tossed 21.2 straight innings without giving up an earned run, and went on to win his first three starts.
From there, he collapsed, giving up 20 earned runs in his next three games. His commanding month of April quickly turned into a rocky year, as he spent most of the season in Triple-A, with the Toledo Mud Hens. Greene landed on the DL with the Hens in August, when he felt “numbness”, in his fingers.
A week later, he had season-ending surgery to fix a pseudoneurysm in his right hand. Greene comes into Spring Training healthy, and is an option to pitch out of the bullpen in 2015. “Everything feels really, really good,” Greene told Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press during the Tigers winter caravan.
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