Green makes first big league start at first base

Green makes first big league start at first base

SAN FRANCISCO -- After Mat Gamel's big break as the Brewers' first baseman was cut short by a knee injury, it's Taylor Green's turn.

Like Gamel, Green is a left-handed hitter coming off a stellar 2011 season at Triple-A who has primarily played third base. Green was promoted to Milwaukee on Sunday and made his first Major League start at first base, a position he played 23 times in the Minors, including only twice in 2012.

"I'm really excited," he said. "I've taken ground balls over there. I feel comfortable and I'm ready to go."

Manager Ron Roenicke said he would use a combination of Green and Travis Ishikawa against right-handed pitchers and would mostly play switch-hitter Brooks Conrad against left-handers.

That means an opportunity for one player to step up and replace some of the offense lost to significant knee injuries suffered by Gamel and shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Green was running partially on adrenaline Sunday after his second 4 a.m. wake-up call in three days. He traveled with Triple-A Nashville to Albuquerque early Friday morning, then from Albuquerque to San Francisco on Sunday. He arrived at 7 a.m. PT on Sunday, in plenty of time for the Brewers' 1 p.m. PT game.