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.

Zack Cozart thinks the way the Rays have been using Sergio Romo is bad for baseball

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The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he was at Single-A.

In an effort to prevent lefty Ryan Yarbrough from facing the righty-heavy top of the Angels’ lineup (Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, Justin Upton), Romo started Saturday’s game, pitching the first inning before giving way to Yarbrough in the second. Romo struck out the side, in fact. The Rays went on to win 5-3.

The Rays did it again on Sunday afternoon, starting Romo. This time, he got four outs before giving way to Matt Andriese. Romo walked two without giving up a hit while striking out three. The Angels managed to win 5-2 however.

Despite Sunday’s win, Cozart wasn’t a happy camper with the way the Rays used Romo. Via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Cozart said, “It was weird … It’s bad for baseball, in my opinion … It’s spring training. That’s the best way to explain it.”

It’s difficult to see merit in Cozart’s argument. It’s not like the Rays were making excessive amounts of pitching changes; they used five on Saturday and four on Sunday. The games lasted three hours and three hours, 15 minutes, respectively. The average game time is exactly three hours so far this season. I’m having trouble wondering how else Cozart might mean the strategy is bad for baseball.

It seems like the real issue is that Cozart is afraid of the sport changing around him. The Rays, like most small market teams, have to find their edges in slight ways. The Rays aren’t doing this blindly; the strategy makes sense based on their opponents’ starting lineup. The idea of valuing on-base percentage was scoffed at. Shifting was scoffed at and now every team employs them to some degree. Who knows if starting a reliever for the first three or four outs will become a trend, but it’s shortsighted to write it off at first glance.