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Ausmus optimistic after Greene's MRI

Tigers right-hander exited Friday's game with mild ulnar tendinitis
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ST. LOUIS -- Tigers righty Shane Greene underwent an MRI on Saturday after leaving Friday's start with mild ulnar tendinitis. Manager Brad Ausmus said the premlinary results were good and that the level of concern is very low.

"He does feel better," Ausmus said before the Tigers' 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. "I talked to him this morning. He doesn't feel any tingling. He doesn't feel pain or anything, so that was a good sign. He was actually working out when I saw him, which is also a good sign."

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ST. LOUIS -- Tigers righty Shane Greene underwent an MRI on Saturday after leaving Friday's start with mild ulnar tendinitis. Manager Brad Ausmus said the premlinary results were good and that the level of concern is very low.

"He does feel better," Ausmus said before the Tigers' 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. "I talked to him this morning. He doesn't feel any tingling. He doesn't feel pain or anything, so that was a good sign. He was actually working out when I saw him, which is also a good sign."

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Greene's start lasted just five innings and 74 pitches. Though he allowed at least one runner in every inning, Greene didn't surrender a run and improved to 4-2 after the Tigers won, 10-4.

Greene said he felt tingling in his pinky and ring finger against the second-to-last batter he faced Friday. Since there was no pain, he finished the inning, then told Tigers staff afterwards.

Greene's ulnar nerve was moved when he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008. He said he felt a similar sensation in his first couple of bullpen sessions while rehabbing from that surgery.

Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com.

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