Hey everybody, Khalil Greene is back! With nearly all his marbles! And it's good to know that San Diego still cares about the fella a year since he left the Padres. Chris Jenkins of the Union-Tribune penned a nice love letter to the kid who set the Padre single season record for most homers by a shortstop a couple years back. What, you mean Ricky Gutierrez never hit 35 homers in a season?
Greene, who was traded over the winter to the Cardinals, missed 19 games while on the disabled list with social anxiety disorder. He returned from a minor league rehab assignment over the weekend to hit a home run in three straight starts while driving in five runs.
Moreover, the former Padres shortstop was playing third base seamlessly and flawlessly. There may have been a bit of "back-to-the-womb" psychology involved, since Greene started as a third baseman at Clemson, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the NCAA's top player.
"Back-to-the-womb"? Ew, I don't need that kind of imagery in my head, Chris Jenkins. Gross, dude. At least Khalil isn't self-flaggelating anymore. That's just creepy.
In other crazy baseball player news, Joey Votto is set to return to the Reds squadron after a stress-related stint on the DL just in time for their big trip up north to Canada. That's where he's from! But the USA still has their fingerprints all over him.