PHOENIX -- Brewers infielder Taylor Green was feeling a little less claustrophobic on Saturday. His Spring Training locker is sandwiched between Norichika Aoki, who arrived Thursday morning amid a crowd of Japanese reporters, and Ryan Braun, whose successful appeal of a suspension sparked a media frenzy on Friday. "I'm in the hot zone," Green said. "I was thinking of putting down some white tape around my locker to keep the cameras away." Now Green can get back to work. He's coming off a breakthrough 2011 season in which he batted .336 with 22 home runs and 91 RBIs at two Minor League affiliates and won a promotion to the Majors, where he hit .270 in 37 at-bats and made the Brewers' postseason roster.
He has been in camp for weeks, working at first, second and third base in a bid to win a job on the Brewers' bench. Green is blocked at his regular position, third base, by free-agent acquisition Aramis Ramirez, so Green will have to win a spot by showing some versatility. He has been working hard this spring at first base, a position Green has played in the Arizona Fall League and occasionally in the Minors. The Brewers are giving fellow left-handed-hitting prospect Mat Gamel a chance to win that job, but Green could be a fallback. "I am blocked, but there are other ways to make the team," Green said. "I'm trying to be there in case somebody needs a day off, and I'll get my at-bats that way."