Grant Green continued his presumably quick visit to Salt Lake on Sunday night.
Down from the parent Los Angeles Angels on an injury rehab assignment, Green went 1-for-4 despite hitting the ball hard in every at-bat during New Orleans’ 8-6 win over the Bees at Smith’s Ballpark.
Zephyrs 8, Bees 6
» Rob Brantly tripled home two runs in the eighth, sparking New Orleans to the win over Salt Lake.
» Three pitchers out of the Bees’ bullpen allowed four earned runs and five hits in two innings of work.
Green, 27, has spent most of the season in L.A. as a utility infielder. He’s played well, too.
In 31 games with the American League-leading Angels, he hit .313 while providing valuable insurance behind veterans Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick.
"I’m very happy with the way I played up there," said Green. "Not being able to play every day, that’s a first time in my career it’s ever been like that. [But] I’m happy with what happened."
Green would still be with the Angels, but he suffered a lumbar strain while lifting weights. On July 23, he was placed on the disabled list.
"I just did a front squat," Green said. "I wasn’t doing anything real heavy. I just came up a little bit awkward and the vertebra and lumbar system moved over a little bit. I was fine the next two days. But the third day ... I looked like I was 87."
Green is scheduled to stay with the Bees through their four-game homestand against New Orleans. He anticipates rejoining the Angels on Thursday.
There might be one catch, however.
Last week, the Angels acquired veteran second baseman Gordon Beckham from the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Beckham, who is also 27, adds to what has become a logjam of middle infielders in the Los Angeles organization.
"It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens," Green said. "It’s another thing that’s out of my control. I’ve proven I deserve to be there and, if they go out and get somebody else, there’s nothing I can do about it. ...
"I’ve proven not only can I play the left side of the infield but I can play second. I played left [field] for them, too. And I’ve hit up there. So I’ve done all I can do. There’s nothing more to do. It’s out of my hands."
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