Taylor Green had a taste of Major League Baseball on the weekend when he was promoted from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to the Milwaukee Brewers for a Saturday game against the Chicago Cubs. He did not appear in the game, which the Brewers won 6-4.
Green, who hails from the Comox Valley, was inserted into the lineup because the Brewers had been playing one position player short and wanted the extra bat, according to the club website.
The left-handed hitter batted .336 with 22 home runs and 88 RBIs in 120 games at Nashville. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said Green will occasionally man third base against a tough right-handed pitcher in place of Casey McGehee.
If he is still on the roster as of midnight Wednesday, Green would be eligible for post-season action.
“Just getting called up in general is a huge honour, especially now on such a good, impressive team,” Green says on the website.
The Brewers are 10.5 games up on the second-place St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central division.
Brewers’ fans, who initiated a ‘free Taylor Green’ movement, have been calling for his promotion after McGehee began the season in a slump.
It’s been a comeback year for Green, who was Milwaukee’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2007. He was sidelined in 2008 by a wrist injury and underwent surgery early in 2009. He was limited to 93 games that season and 113 games in 2010, batting .260 at Double-A Huntsville.
So far this season, Green has been named the Brewers Minor League player of the month for June and July and is on track to win it again in August. In June he batted .398 and in July .373.