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It only took five starts into his return from a calf injury for Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano to find himself back on the 15-day disabled list, this time for a strained left latissmus dorsi muscle. Originally thought to be a triceps strain, Capuano suffered the injury during his May 29 start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which saw him throw 86 pitches in 5.2 innings in a 4-3 loss. An MRI exam Monday revealed the lat injury, which led Dodger officials to believe they may lose Capuano for a significant amount of time. The Dodgers recalled starter Stephen Fife from Class AAA Albuquerque to
take over Capuano's rotation spot and were immediately rewarded with
Fife winning his first major league game Monday.
Capuano is currently 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA, 67 ERA+, and 1.515 WHIP. 2013 has seen the former All-Star produce career lows in WHIP, ERA+, and K/BB ratio. In his five starts after returning from his calf injury, he was 1-3 with a 4.76 ERA and .261 batting average against in 28.1 innings pitched.
The latissmus dorsi muscle, loosely translated from Latin as 'broadest of the back muscles', plays a significant role in a number of the complex movements of the shoulder joint. Activation of the 'lat' allows for extension, adduction, and medial (inward) rotation of the arm. It is at particular risk for injury during deceleration of the arm after pitch release.
Already felled by numerous injuries to their rotation, most recently Josh Beckett's nerve irritation in his pitching hand, Capuano's most recent injury comes with the Dodgers in last place in the NL West, with a 25-32 record and 7.5 games behind the division leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
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