Greene improving at plate and in field

Greene improving at plate and in field

Greene improving at plate and in field
ST. LOUIS -- Tyler Greene got a day off on Sunday after starting the previous six games, and the Cardinals' middle infielder has shown progress recently.

"I think he's getting better at second base and doing a nice job," manager Mike Matheny said. "He made plays at shortstop yesterday. You look at a guy that was pushing .250 with some power and some speed and making things happen. That's a pretty good start for him. ... I think he's certainly shown glimpses of why we're continuing to try to get him the exposure that we can and get him out there."

In his last 10 games, Greene is hitting .324 (11-for-34) with one home run, three RBIs, three stolen bases and four runs scored. He's hitting .262 in May, with three homers, 11 RBIs, eight runs scored, a .328 on-base percentage and a .541 slugging percentage.

He's also improving in his transition to playing second base on a more regular basis, though he played shortstop on Saturday with Rafael Furcal getting the day off.

"He's got to first believe he can play a position that he hasn't played that much of, so that's not easy," Matheny said. "Then just feeling like he can compete at this level is another tough obstacle.

"... But he's had some struggles and a lot of people betting against him, but there are so many components that are good in there, that you figure that if he just kept his focus and his approach, he would get to where he needed to be."