geno espineli gets called to the big leagues

Last week, the San Francisco Giants called up Filipino American relief pitcher Geno Espineli from Triple-A to big leagues: Triple-A manager gives bad news and good news. The Giants purchased his contract and placed struggling reliever Keiichi Yabu on the disabled list with a sprained middle finger on his right hand.

Espineli has had a whirlwind couple of weeks, first pitching for the victorious Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game, then being named to the Olympic team before getting his first big-league call (he was drafted by the Giants in 2004). Now it's unclear whether he'll play in Beijing next month... but it's still pretty cool news.

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