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Rangers acquire infielder Green from O's

Rangers acquire infielder Green from O's

Rangers acquire infielder Green from O's
ANAHEIM -- The Rangers acquired infielder Nick Green from the Orioles for Minor League pitcher Zach Phillips and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock, the club announced on Tuesday.

Green, 32, can play second, short, third base and the outfield. He even pitched an inning for the Red Sox in 2009. A right-handed hitter, he has a career batting average of .237 in 393 Major League games from 2004-10 with seven different organizations. He has a .305 on-base percentage and a .348 slugging percentage with 16 home runs.

One of the reasons why the Rangers acquired Green is because they might lose backup shortstop Omar Quintanilla.

Quintanilla was called up from Triple-A when Andres Blanco was placed on the disabled list before the All-Star break with a stress reaction in his lower back. Blanco could return in the next seven to 10 days, and when that happens, Quintanilla would have to go back to Round Rock.

He is out of options, so if the Rangers send him down, he would have to clear outright waivers. If he gets claimed, Green becomes the Rangers' primary shortstop depth.

"We needed a guy who could play shortstop," said manager Ron Washington. "There are no guarantees that Quintanilla will make it through waivers, and we wanted to make sure we were protected." Green was originally a 32nd-round Draft pick for the Braves in 1998. He made his Major League debut with the Braves in 2004 and has since played with the Rays, Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays.

He has not played in the Major Leagues this season, playing instead for the Orioles' Triple-A team in Norfolk, where he hit .208 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs in 87 games.

Green gives the Rangers some utility infield depth, especially at shortstop, where he started 74 games for the Red Sox in 2009. The Orioles signed him to a Minor League contract last January.

Phillips, a left-handed reliever, was 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA and three saves at Round Rock. He was designated for assignment on Thursday to make for Scott Feldman on the 40-man roster.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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