Carlos Gonzalez to undergo exploratory surgery on left index finger

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Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week due to nagging injury to his left index finger. It looks like he’s not going to be back in the Rockies’ lineup for a while:

We should have some clarity on a potential timeline for his return after the surgery is complete, but it’s another blow for a team which has lost 13 out of their last 16 games and now sit at 29-33 on the year. The Rockies have also lost Nolan Arenado, Jordan Lyles, Michael Cuddyer, and Eddie Butler in recent weeks. They might not see .500 again this season.

Gonzalez, 28, was batting .255/.307/.449 with eight home runs and 31 RBI over 52 games prior to landing on the disabled list last week. With Gonzalez and Cuddyer both sidelined, the Rockies will likely go with Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Drew Stubbs as regulars in their outfield.

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.