Back from Classic, Green eyes spot with Brewers
PHOENIX -- Infielder Taylor Green made a bittersweet return to Maryvale Baseball Park on Monday, disappointed his Team Canada had been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic but eager to resume his bid for a Brewers roster spot.
"My situation is different from some other guys. I'm fighting for a spot," said Green, who could be a backup at first, second and third base, and might even play the outfield this spring. "I was really debating whether I should go in the first place, just because of that. Obviously, I wanted to go as far as we could in the tournament, for the country and everything like that, but on a personal level it's good to be back here."
Green said he would play in the Classic again in four years if asked.
"The atmosphere was big, every play mattered," Green said. "Yesterday [against Team USA] was pretty fun for the most part there. They got us in the end."
Relievers John Axford and Jim Henderson also rejoined the Brewers on Monday, and with Green and Team Mexico's Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada, underwent exit physicals required by the rules of the Classic.
Teams Canada and Mexico brawled during Canada's win on Saturday, a skirmish that began after Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz, a former Brewers farmhand, ordered his pitcher to plunk a Canada hitter. Green said he bore no ill-will to his former teammate.
"Top-notch guy," Green said. "I like him. I still like him."
Five Brewers players moved on to the second round of the Classic: Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy of the U.S., Martin Maldonado and Hiram Burgos of Puerto Rico and Minor Leaguer Hainley Statia of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.