Green headed back to Boston for tests
|09.20.09 at 6:14 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — Nick Green tried it again Sunday. It still didn’t take.
Much like many of the pregames over the last week, Green picked up a bat, attempted to get down in his stance, and almost fell over. The “dead” right leg he has experienced since waking up last Monday still isn’t well enough to play, and because of it Green is heading back to Boston Monday to have it checked out.
“It’s tough because I have no idea,” the infielder told WEEI.com. “I feel better every day, but I still don’t know why it’s doing what it’s doing. Hopefully I’ll know more tomorrow.”
The initial diagnosis of Green’s ailment was simply fatigue, but with the improvement still not significant to actually participate in a game, both the player and the team thought it was time to attempt to find a solution to the problem.
“It feels better every game, but baseball activities are different than just walking around,” he said. “But it’s been better walking. I don’t know what they’re going to say is wrong with it, but it shouldn’t be anything serious because otherwise I would be hurting.”
Green looks back at his at-bat on Sept. 16, in which he drew a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning, with amazement. Considering the leg has improved since that moment against the Angels — yet he still can’t stay in a stance for more than a few seconds — the fact that he could stand up, never mind swing (and even foul balls off) is eye-opening.
“Everybody thought I had twisted my ankle when I got to first, but I just couldn’t even stand up because of my leg,” Green said. “There was no way I could have gotten a hit.”
With the Red Sox’ magic number now at 6 after Sunday’s 9-3 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards, Green knows it’s a race against the clock to get his health back, both because there will most likely at-bats to be had with the regulars garnering rest, and there will decisions regarding playoff rosters looming.
“I don’t want to miss any games, but if I could play I would play,” Green said. “I can’t squat down without falling down. Hopefully it won’t be too long. I want get back.”
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