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Green settles in with Stars

Tuesday, June 02, 2009
By Paul Gattis
Times Sports Staff paul.gattis@htimes.com

He broke his nose in seven places, and that was after he broke his wrist.

And that was after he was believed to be part of the CC Sabathia trade last year.

Yet Taylor Green is still a top prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers and now he's the Huntsville Stars' third baseman.

"I couldn't really believe what was happening there," Green said Monday. "It was a little bit of bad luck (with the injuries) for a while. But bad luck becomes good luck."

Who could have imagined, after being named the Brewers' Minor League Player of the Year in 2007, that 2008 would be more eventful?

It started July 7 when the Brewers acquired Sabathia from Cleveland in the blockbuster trade of the season. The Indians sought prospects in return and speculation centered on Green joining Matt LaPorta.

Eventually, the Indians selected Michael Brantley as the player to be named later. But Green didn't know for sure until the transaction was completed Oct. 3.

"At first, it was a little bit tough," said Green, who was playing at Single-A Brevard County at the time of the trade. "The first week, it was real tough. I knew I had to get it together and get focused.

"I like knowing what's going on and I really had no clue what was going on. You wanted an answer so you could settle in. I didn't know."

Green went on to hit .289 at Brevard with 15 home runs and 73 RBIs, but injuries kicked in.

On Aug. 15, Green was hit by a pitch on the left wrist. Neither he nor team officials realized it was broken, so Green played in the Arizona Fall League for top prospects.

There, a pitch struck him in the nose - breaking it in four places. But with only three weeks left in the season, Green postponed surgery....

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