Chris Capuano aggravated calf injury sprinting to Greinke-Quentin incident

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Zack Greinke’s fractured collarbone wasn’t the only injury suffered during last week’s Dodgers-Padres dust-up.

Chris Capuano was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a strained calf and the left-hander revealed that what was a minor injury got aggravated when all hell broke loose after Carlos Quentin charged the mound on Greinke.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Capuano made the calf injury worse by sprinting in from the bullpen to join the fracas. That didn’t stop him from relieving Greinke and didn’t even stop him from starting in Greinke’s place Tuesday, but it went horribly and Capuano exited after allowing five runs in two innings.

“During the fight, I definitely felt the calf was sore,” Capuano told Gurnick. “I pitched in that game and didn’t feel it, but probably from the adrenaline of pitching.” And now he’s on the DL with what’s being called a partial calf tear, opening the door for Ted Lilly to rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation.

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.