ATLANTA — Shane Greene, the 32-year-old Atlanta Braves’ reliever, is returning to play with the team after almost two months of offseason. Greene’s long-awaited return has come since the Braves recalled Greene from Triple-A Gwinnett before the Sunday’s series finale versus the Dodgers.
He has returned under a one-year, $1.5 million contract with Atlanta on May 9, 2021. He will get the pro-rated portion of the salary which means his salary will be closer to $1 million.
“The offseason was longer than ever, and I’m as ready as I can ever be,” said Greene.
Before Green was added to the Major League roster, he has made four appearances for Gwinnett. For the next season with the Braves, his preparation was a little more sped-up beyond a typical Spring Training Schedule. Although on the other hand, he has spent his time training in live batting practice sessions at some locations, including the Driveline complex in Seattle.
“The biggest thing for me coming back here was familiar faces, a familiar place and no transition period,” said Greene. “The day I showed up, I felt like I never left. So, they made it way easier to get ready when I got here, because I could be honest with everybody about how I feel.”
Fans can expect Greene to become the Braves’ strength once again if he returns to form and plays like he did while posting a 2.60 ERA in his 28 appearances for the team last year.
The Braves’ reliever corps has been inconsistent, although they showed their potential while restricting the Dodgers to one hit over four scoreless innings on Saturday.