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Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Shane Greene confers with James McCann during Friday night's win over the Cardinals.

St. Louis — Shane Greene woke up Saturday, got in his usual post-start workout and felt no pain in his elbow or residual tingling in his fingers.

"I talked to him and he says he does feel better," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He was actually working out when I saw him, so that's a good sign."

Greene was pulled from his start Friday night after five innings and 74 pitches because he felt tingling in the pinky and ring fingers of his pitching hand. The initial diagnosis was mild ulnar neuritis. Something was causing the nerve in his elbow to be pinched.

After his workout Saturday morning, he went to have an MRI to determine the cause of that pinching. Apparently, it's nothing too serious.

"All I have seen are the preliminary results," Ausmus said after the game. "But he looks fine. And he feels fine. The level of concern is way down."

He's not completely out of the woods, though. Greene had Tommy John surgery — which is ulnar ligament replacement surgery — in 2008. The ulnar nerve, which normally is located underneath the elbow, was moved during his surgery, Greene said.

When that happens, the nerve is more susceptible to irritation.

"There is no indication that it's anything other than a nerve issue," Ausmus said Friday night and the MRI apparently confirmed that.

Greene should be able to treat the neuritis with ice and anti-inflammatories.

"My gut tells me I will be back on the mound in five days," Greene said Friday night.

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