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02/25/10 2:02 PM EST
Rangers release shortstop Greene
Veteran infielder dealing with social anxiety disorder
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have voided the contract of infielder Khalil Greene, who is dealing with personal issues regarding social anxiety disorder and did not report to camp.
The Rangers made the move on Thursday after multiple conversations with the Commissioner's Office, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Greene's agent, Mike Milchin.
"It was done without any issues from any parties," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "This is not about the contract, this is about a player getting well."
The Rangers signed Greene to a one-year, $750,000 contract in the offseason to be their utility infielder. Greene was with the Cardinals last season but twice went on the disabled list because of a social anxiety disorder.
The Rangers believed that Greene had the disorder under control, and he was in the Phoenix area last week preparing to report to camp. But the Rangers announced on Monday that Greene was not going to report, and now they have decided to void the contract.
"It was just the cleanest of options," Daniels said. "He's not in a position to [report]. We've agreed to void the contract and maintain a dialogue as we go down the road. This allowed [us]to have continued conversations without being encumbered by the contract situation."
The Rangers have not ruled out the possibility of bringing in Greene at some point if he is able to return to the game. But they are proceeding with the idea that he will not be back.
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"Everybody has been careful not to put a timetable on this," Daniels said. "The important thing is for him to get well. We'll stay in contact, but we're not preparing for him to be in camp."
The Rangers are looking for a utility infielder who can play shortstop. The two guys in camp who have the best chance of filling that role are Ray Olmedo and Joaquin Arias. The Rangers will also look outside the organization, although if they make a move in that direction, it probably won't be until the end of camp.