Teammates noticed Greene punishing himself during the season's first road trip. When one Cardinal player approached Greene in the Wrigley Field dugout to ask what he was doing, Greene responded of his frustration, "It's the only way I can get it out." Last weekend Greene left PNC Park in Pittsburgh with one hand bleeding. He had not sought treatment from the team's training staff. One person in uniform described Greene's struggle as "scary."
La Russa is putting him in more of a utility role in order to take some pressure off him. The club suggested he seek some professional help for his anxiety and he has agreed. It sounds hopeful that he has been very honest about his condition and he is not trying to deny or hide it.
Pujols has struck up a friendship with Khalil and they've become batting practice partners.
"It's about trying to find a balance, about not being too hard on myself and being able to let it go sometimes."
I wonder if the Padres had any idea that Khalil was going through these troubles when he was with the team. Most fans probably thought there was something different about him but we were always told that he was just quiet. I hope he gets the help he needs.