Journeyman Green relishing big league chance

Journeyman Green relishing big league chance

Journeyman Green relishing big league chance
MIAMI -- Approaching 34 years old, Nick Green knows how difficult it is to make a Major League team. That's why he isn't taking his current chance with the Marlins for granted.

"It's tough," Green said. "The older you get, the more young guys there are and the more competition there is [for roster spots]. I just appreciate every opportunity I get now."

His most recent opportunity came when the Marlins selected his contract from Triple-A New Orleans on Aug. 4, to replace the injured Emilio Bonifacio. Since then, and the subsequent hamstring injury to infielder Donnie Murphy, Green has made five straight starts for the Marlins, including Saturday's matchup with the Dodgers.

Prior to his stint with the Marlins, Green last played in the Majors on July 6, 2010, with the Blue Jays. The career journeyman is now with his eighth Major League team, and although Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen made it clear that Green is only getting time because of the injuries to Bonifacio -- who is expected to return Aug. 19 -- and Murphy, Green is enjoying his time with the Marlins.

While the results haven't shown early on at the plate, with Green going just 2-for-16 entering Saturday, he hasn't let that put a damper on the experience.

"Even though I'm as old as I am and been through so many different teams, it's still tough sometimes to overcome trying too hard or trying to prove that you should be here," Green said. "Hopefully that all goes away and I get back out there and get in a groove.

"I know what to do. It's tough to do it sometimes, but I'm going to try to break through and not put as much pressure on myself and just have fun and enjoy my time here."