Carlos Silva makes first rehab start since minor heart procedure

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Carlos Silva made a minor league rehab start with Single-A Peoria on Friday night, his first appearance since undergoing a minor cardiac procedure to remedy an abnormal heart beat earlier this month.

Silva allowed just two hits — both of them singles — over 2 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out one and walking none. According to Kevin Capie of the Peoria Journal Star, Silva came away from the outing feeling great.

“It’s almost like I did not have to worry about my arm,” Silva said.
“The main thing was to throw and not think about what was going on, just
let it go. That’s what I did.”

Silva is on track to make his second rehab start with Single-A Peoria Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to be activated from the disabled list, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

The 31-year-old right-hander has completely reinvented himself to go 10-5 with 3.92 ERA over 20 starts this season. Let’s hope his unlikely comeback story continues.

Another interestingly named player is promoted by the Pirates

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When you promote a player from the minors, the first and foremost consideration is whether or not he can help your ball club. But, assuming that’s taken care of, teams should really, really make it a priority to call up dudes with cool sounding names because it makes life more interesting for the rest of us.

The Pirates are doing that. The other night Dovydas Neverauskas made his big league debut. In addition to being the first Lithuanian born-and-raised player in major league history, it’s a solid, solid name. Now the Pirates are making another promotion: Gift Ngoepe.

Yep, Gift Ngoepe. He’s an infielder from South Africa, making the leap to the bigs due to David Freese‘s hamstring injury. Ngoepe, 27, was batting just .241/.308/.379 through 66 plate appearances this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, his ninth in the minors, so he’s not exactly a prospect. But man, that’s a killer name.

It’s also worth mentioning that Gift and Neverauskas were arrested together in a bar fight last August in Toledo, so there is already a good basis for some bonding here.

Good luck, Gift. Gift Ngoepe. Mr. Ngoepe. G-Ngo. Man, I could do this all day.

Manny Machado teaches us to never give up

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The Rays beat the Orioles last night, but the play of the game belonged to an Oriole defender.

Evan Longoria was batting and he chopped a ball foul down the third base line. At least it started out foul. As we all know, however, it doesn’t matter where the ball starts, it matters where it is when it crosses the bag.

Manny Machado knows this and didn’t give up on the ball despite it starting several feet in foul territory. He watched it come back, stayed with it and threw out Longoria who, unlike Machado, did give up on it, assuming he’d merely get a strike and another hack. Watch:

Longoria would get Machado back, however, fielding a ball Machado smoked to third base in the ninth inning, recording the second to last out of the game.