FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Shane Greene began the baseball season as a member of the Detroit Tigers pitching rotation, but the lanky righty spent Friday night toeing the rubber at Parkview Field as part of a rehab assignment with the West Michigan Whitecaps.
Greene hadn’t pitched in a game since making a start against the Cleveland Indians on April 24 thanks to a severe blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
The 27-year old took a few batters to find his groove. He walked lead-off batter Peter Van Gansen in the bottom of the first then gave up a sharply-lined single to Ruddy Giron. After that, Greene settled in, striking out Austin Allen and Carlos Belen while escaping the inning without any damage.
Greene struck out Kodie Tidwell to end the second, then added two more whiffs in the third to wrap up his evening.
All told, Greene threw three innings yielding two hits and no runs while striking out five. He threw 42 pitches with 27 going for a strike.
Green was 1-2 in four games (three starts) with the Tigers before the injury. He has an ERA of 6.28 with 11 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.
Greene started 16 games for the Tigers last season and 14 for the New York Yankees in 2014.