Shortstop Greene released by Astros

Shortstop Greene released by Astros

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Astros released shortstop Tyler Greene on Tuesday, three days after he was told he wasn't going to make the club. If he clears waivers on Thursday, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Greene, 29, was acquired by the Astros in a trade with St. Louis last year and batted .246 with seven homers and 11 RBIs in 39 games. He came to camp battling for the starting shortstop position with Marwin Gonzalez, but struggled at the plate. The Astros signed Ronny Cedeno on Sunday to take Greene's place.

Greene is a career .224 hitter in 266 games at the big league level, and he spent most of that time with the Cardinals' organization. Greene was selected 30th overall in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, and he batted .167 in 18 Spring Training games with the Astros this year.

Cedeno, 30, has batted .247 in 779 games at the Major League level, and he's played for the Cubs, Mariners, Pirates and Mets. He was in camp with the Cardinals, but was let go earlier this week.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.