Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Quentin Collateral Damage Keeps Growing

Dodgers villain Carlos Quentin was already persona non grata due to his injury to Zack Greinke. News broke today that in addition, Quentin's idiotic antics also claimed the health of reserve starter Chris Capuano:

LOS ANGELES -- The left calf strain that sent Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano to the disabled list on Wednesday surfaced before Thursday's game in San Diego and became worse during the benches-clearing incident that sidelined Zack Greinke.

Capuano said the tightness he felt before that game became tighter while he sprinted in from the bullpen during the fracas that was triggered when Greinke hit Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin with a pitch.

Capuano said he thought the injury had responded enough to four days of treatment to allow him to start Tuesday night in Greinke's place, only for the muscle to partially tear when he sprinted off the mound to cover first base in the second inning.

As a result, the Dodgers put Capuano on the 15-day disabled list, recalled Tim Federowicz to be the backup catcher, freeing backup catcher Ramon Hernandez to serve as designated hitter for the Interleague series in Baltimore that opens on Friday.

Capuano will have an MRI exam and receive a platelet-rich plasma injection on Thursday, then join the club on the road. Ted Lilly, who made a third rehab start on Tuesday night, is expected to be activated to start on April 24 in New York.

So we keep on moving down the line to less reliable options. Next stop: Ted Lilly. Hoo boy.

(Hat tip: Mr. F)