On Sunday, the fifth day, Shane Greene will get a break.
Although it might be against his will.
The Detroit Tigers closer pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn saves on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and now Saturday.
Greene is the first Tigers reliever to earn a save on four consecutive days since Todd Jones did so from June 30-July 3, 2000.
The last reliever on any team to do so was Milwaukee’s Jeremy Jeffress from July 28-31, 2016.
If the Tigers have another close game on Sunday — and it seems they always do — manager Ron Gardenhire said someone else will get the ninth inning.
This isn’t even the first time this season that Greene has pitched on four consecutive days. He did it May 12-15. He’s also worked three consecutive games on April 30-May 2, May 30-June 1 and June 7-9.
“I take a lot of pride in getting ready to compete on a daily basis,” Greene said.
Greene throws long-toss in the outfield before every game. Being ready to pitch late is just part of the routine.
“(Gardenhire) knows I prepare myself every single day to be ready to pitch. Obviously he makes the final call,” Greene said. “The fact that he believes I can get the job done every day helps.”
Greene said his stuff seemed just about as good as it did four days ago. His second-to-last pitch was a 96 mph two-seamer. Then he got Daniel Palka swinging on a 90 mph cutter to end the game.
“It obviously helped that the weather was the way it was,” said Greene, who deals with circulation issues that are exacerbated when it’s chilly. “If it was 40 degrees out, I probably would have felt a little worse. But I felt really good.”
And if he feels equally good tomorrow?
“We said if we used him today, he wouldn’t be out there tomorrow,” said Gardenhire. “We’ll have to go another route tomorrow. Today was good. He’s going to say he feels good again tomorrow, but that’s too many days.”