Surprisingly to many, especially given the demand for relievers, Greene, 32, remained unsigned through the winter. The Braves re-signed him to a one-year deal in May. He made four appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett while preparing to join the big-league club, pitching 4-1/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit, striking out five and walking two.
Greene said he’d like to discuss his offseason experience with reporters at a later date but he wanted to focus on the present during his media availability Sunday.
“The offseason was longer than ever and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be,” he said. “(The offseason) is a very long conversation that I’d potentially like to have with you guys but right now I’m focusing on being able to be a baseball player again, having a locker in a locker room and trying to win a baseball game.”
Right-hander Jacob Webb was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to open a spot for Greene.