It was reported today that the Rangers have voided the contract of utility infielder Khalil Greene. It was reported earlier in the week that Greene was not going to report to spring training due to a relapse of his social anxiety disorder. After spending 2009 with the Cardinals and two trips to the disabled list during that time for the anxiety, it was assumed Green would be ready to go come spring training.
The fact that the Rangers released Greene is not a huge surprise. The team’s current economic situation is the worst it has been in many, many off seasons. They had to trade Kevin Millwood and his 13 million due in 2010 in order to fill the needs of the team. So unfortunately for Greene, the Rangers cannot afford to pay somebody $750 thousand dollars to not be in camp getting ready for the season.
In other Ranger’s news it was reported yesterday that Josh Hamilton had injured his left shoulder during the first full squad workout. This leaves a lot of Rangers fan’s uneasy considering his injury filled 2009 campaign. Hamilton did participate in conditioning today, although he did not participate in any drill while nursing the sore shoulder. Nothing has been said other than the shoulder just being bruised so as time progresses it should heal up just fine and he will be ready for opening day April 5 at The Ballpark in Arlington.
Yesterday it was reported by the New York Times that Major League Baseball are looking to begin doing blood tests for the presence of Human Growth Hormone. The minor leagues have been in a sense Commissioner Selig’s testing ground for new rules implemented into Major League Baseball. In the MLB, the players are represented by the Players Association, although in the Minor Leagues most of the players are not part of the Players Association. So the association literally has very little say in policies implemented into the Minor Leagues.
It was reported that the Union would be willing to discuss implementing HGH testing in the Major’s. The main issue most players have with the test which is available at this time to test for HGH is that is a blood test, so a needle is involved and there is no clear indication of what a positive test is, so those issues would have to be ironed out before the testing is implemented. As technology increases there will eventually be a urine test for HGH. Once this is complete that should open the door for a full agreement among MLB and the Players Association.