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02/23/07 9:44 PM ET
Notes: Greene hoping to return quickly
Catcher aiming to avoid surgery on dislocated shoulder
By Alan Eskew / Special to MLB.com
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The MRI on Todd Greene's shoulder confirmed a dislocated right shoulder, which he hurt while throwing in practice Wednesday. A Padres spokesman said Greene's right arm would be in a sling for two to three weeks and he would be re-evaluated after that. "He is trying to decide between two options, rehab or having surgery," Padres manager Buddy Black said Friday. "I believe he is leaning toward rehab." It is an easy decision for Greene. "Surgery is going to be the last and final option," Greene said. Greene, who is 35 and was in camp as a non-roster invite, believes he should be able to return after rehabbing the shoulder. "It has been before, so it is not like uncharted territory," Greene said. The Padres were completing what Black described as "low-intensity" drills when Greene went down in pain and had to be helped to the trainer's room. "It wasn't fun," Greene said. "I went to throw and the next thing you know, I'm on the ground and my arm was kind of locked in position. I was just thankful the doctors were here that day to give physicals to the rest of the players, so I didn't have to stay in that position very long." While it is very doubtful Greene would be available for the season opener on April 3 at San Francisco, if he avoids surgery and has no setbacks in rehabbing the shoulder, he might not miss that much of the season. "If you're looking for a silver lining," Greene said that would be it. "There is nothing good ever about doing it. It is better to happen now than March 30, for sure." He said "everybody is different" on the timeframe for the rehab. "Generally, you'll know in a couple of weeks how you're doing," he said. "It is getting better every single day. I have to keep it in [a sling] for protective range, I guess is what you call it." Greene said he may go home to Georgia for a few days.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.