Khalil Greene Suffering From Crippling Social Anxiety, May Miss Significant Time

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Rangers Void Khalil Greene's Contract

As first reported by Evan Grant, the Texas Rangers have voided the one-year, $0.75m contract they gave to shortstop Khalil Greene. Greene has recently suffered from a recurrence of his social anxiety issues, and as such he has been unable to report to camp and join the team.

Says GM Jon Daniels:

"We signed Khalil to help the club. He's not able to do that right now. This was the cleanest way to address the contract situation. It doesn't preclude us from staying in touch, which we'll do. The priority is getting him well, and if he's ready to join us later on we'll address that then."

Joaquin Arias, who is the favorite to take over Greene's role, hit only .266 with a .630 OPS in AAA last season, but the year before was more of a success as he split time between AAA and the Majors. He is capable of manning every position in the infield, although shoulder surgery a few years back has taken its toll on what was previously a very strong arm.

Rangers fans are discussing the matter at Lone Star Ball.

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Rangers Intend To Replace Greene From Within

Amid speculation that the Rangers could pursue Felipe Lopez or someone else on the market to fill in for Khalil Greene, TR Sullivan went to Twitter and cleared matters up:

Rangers officials say they have no interest in Felipe Lopez.

Club officials say right now there is a 100 percent probability Khalil Greene's replacement will be internal

Joaquin Arias is the favorite to break camp with the backup job, while Esteban German lingers as another possibility.

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Khalil Greene Suffering From Crippling Social Anxiety, May Miss Significant Time

Khalil Greene, the once-promising San Diego shortstop coming off a pair of miserable seasons, was hoping to get a fresh start on his career by signing with Texas. However, the anxiety issues that plagued him a year ago have returned, and now there's no telling when - or if - he'll come back.

Infielder Khalil Greene is again suffering from anxiety issues, leaving the Texas Rangers short an infielder as they begin spring training.

Greene, 30, will not report with the rest of the team’s position players Tuesday and could miss significant time, according to major-league sources.

There's no word yet on how the Rangers are going to deal with the matter, but Evan Grant suggests they could move to void Greene's contract or place him on the restricted list. In the meantime, Texas now needs to choose a new backup infielder. While they could opt to go outside the organization, the internal favorites are Joaquin Arias and Esteban German, with Arias getting the edge on account of both his ability to play shortstop and his being on the 40-man roster.

Read more about the story at Lone Star Ball.

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