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.