Greene could return as third baseman

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Khalil Greene will likely be at a new position when he's ready to return to the St. Louis Cardinals from an absence caused by social anxiety issues.

Greene has been playing third base instead of his usual spot, shortstop, during a rehab assignment he began last week.

Manager Tony La Russa said switching positions could lessen the pressure on Greene, who played third base in college although not in the major leagues. Plus, the team still needs a fill-in for injured third baseman Troy Glaus.

The Cardinals also have two good alternatives at shortstop with utilityman Brendan Ryan and rookie Tyler Greene both playing well.

Khalil Greene, acquired in the offseason from the San Diego Padres, is hitting .200 with a team-high seven errors. Ryan was hitting .299 and Tyler Greene was at .262.

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