After the game last night, Joe Girardi was asked about the rookie on the mound who had been originally called up just to spot start after Vidal Nuno was traded. Shane Greene wasn’t supposed to contain so much buzz around him, but he did. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and earned the win in his first big league start. Greene had impressed the Yankees before; he was one of the final cuts in Spring Training and was brought up and down three times during the month of April. Taking everything into consideration, Girardi said he wouldn’t rule out another chance for Greene to get another start.
“That’s obviously going to be a topic of discussion,” Joe Girardi said. “We haven’t made any decisions about what we’re doing moving forward, but we’ll figure it out here pretty quick.”
Greene had been phenomenal in Triple-A, only giving up six earned runs in his last 28 innings and he had found his groove within the last two months. Greene knows he can’t control what the Yankees organization decides, and it’s possible he could be the move for Brandon McCarthy when he arrives to the ballpark today but if one thing is certain, the Yankees might have something special on their hands with Greene.
“We’ve said all along this kid has a lot of talent,” Girardi said. “Sometimes it’s just figuring out what makes you successful and how you have to pitch. I don’t think he tried to do too much, and I think that’s pretty impressive, too. You didn’t see him overthrow at all. He changed speed on his fastball, as well. He threw some four-seamers up around 95-96. We knew he had talent, but he did an outstanding job.”