Greene has some great seasons on his track record but has struggled recently. Last year, he lingered on the free agent market into May, at which point he signed with Atlanta. Unfortunately, he was slow to get into a groove after that delayed start, posting an 8.47 ERA over 17 innings before being released. He latched on with the Dodgers and was better with them, posting a 4.05 ERA in a small sample of 6 2/3 innings.
He re-signed with the Dodgers on a minors deal in the offseason and has his contract selected just over a week ago. After a single appearance wherein Greene threw two scoreless innings, he was designated for assignment to open up a roster spot for David Price.
The Yankees have seen their pitching depth take a few hits in recent days, with announcements on back-to-back days that Luis Gil and Chad Green will both require Tommy John surgery. That was followed by both Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Loaisiga hitting the injured list, for achilles tendinitis and shoulder discomfort, respectively. With four arms suddenly being subtracted from their pitching corps in short order, it makes perfect sense that they would look for reinforcements. Greene will head to the RailRiders and try to work his way back to the big leagues.