Sources: Anxiety preventing Rangers’ Greene from reporting

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.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels declined comment when
contacted Sunday night, saying the team planned to address the
issue on Monday.

The Rangers signed Greene to a one-year, $500,000 free-agent
contract on Jan. 11, intending for him to replace Omar Vizquel as
their utility infielder. Vizquel had signed a one-year, $1.375
million free-agent deal with the White Sox earlier in the
offseason.

Felipe Lopez is the most prominent infielder remaining on the
free-agent market. The Rangers also could consider internal
candidates or pursue other options later in spring training, when
utility infielders are readily available.

Greene twice went on the disabled list last season with
social anxiety disorder, appearing in only 77 games for the St.
Louis Cardinals.

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