9/27 Greenberg to get an at-bat
The Marlins have signed Adam Greenberg to a one-day Major League contract, effective Tuesday. He will appear in the Marlins game against the Mets in Miami. Marlins owner Jeffrey H. Loria made the announcement. Greenberg, 31, made his ML debut on July 9, 2005, with the Cubs against the Marlins but was hit in the back of his head by a pitch from Valerio De Los Santos in his only ML plate appearance. He is currently one of only two players ever to be hit by a pitch in his first-and-only ML plate appearance and never take the field, along with Fred Van Dusen (Philadelphia, 1955). After spending the remainder of the 2005 season on the disabled list, Greenberg, who suffered from vertigo following the incident, played in the Minors and independent baseball from 2006-2009.
Greenberg has agreed to donate his one-day salary to the Marlins Foundation, which will then make a donation to the Sports Legacy Institute, an organization that advances the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.
He was originally drafted by the Cubs in 2001 out of the University of North Carolina. Greenberg recently played for Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round in Jupiter, Sept. 19-23, and walked in his only plate appearance.
— Carrie Muskat