Shortstop Khalil Greene almost certainly will sit out because of a hand injury suffered Thursday night when Greene – frustrated by his season-long hitting slump and the pain of hitting a ball off his shin – socked a storage chest near the dugout.
"It's not good," Greene said of his left hand, which was discolored and swollen well after the last-place team's error-filled, 7-3 loss to the first-place Diamondbacks at Petco Park.
A few Padres players said they feared that Greene fractured the hand, and Greene, who was replaced at shortstop by Luis Rodriguez in the eighth inning, said, "There's something definitely wrong" with the hand.
So. Apparently Khalil isn't a robot. At least not a robot that wouldn't injure itself.
Greene said he was fed up with another failed night at the plate. He had struck out in the seventh inning against Diamondbacks All-Star Dan Haren. In the same at-bat, Greene fouled a ball off his shin.
When he returned to the dugout, he went down the stairs to the clubhouse tunnel and dropped to a knee.
So you see Phantom? This is why people hate Khalil. Because he gives the perception that doesn't care. Maybe this will change the perception.
Greene said the eruption was due more to his frustration over failing as a hitter than the pain from the foul ball to the shin.
"I don't know how to put into words the frustration level, how difficult this year has been," Greene said, appearing haggard and spent. "For me to do that, it's certainly not commonplace."
Greene said he cares deeply about helping the team and frustration had boiled over.
I really don't know what to say. I'm quite surprised.