Green wants to play, but club exercising caution

Green wants to play, but club exercising caution

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke put the brakes on infielder Taylor Green's Saturday morning claim that he was only a day or two away from returning to action from a hip injury.

"He's still sore, but he's tough and he'll go out and play through it, and you can't do that with where he is right now," Roenicke said. "There's a difference between hitting a ball off your shin, and you've got a big old knot on your shin and playing through the pain -- it's different when there's a little tweak or injury."

Roenicke described Green's injury as "some kind of a deep hip strain," an ailment that struck during batting practice earlier this week at a particularly bad time for a player trying to win a bench job. A stint on the Opening Day disabled list remains a possibility.

Green, a two-time Brewers Minor League Player of the Year, has been frustrated by his setback, calling it "stupid."

"These opportunities don't come along too often," he said. "It's tough timing, but it is what it is. I've been through stuff like this before, so I'll get through it."

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