Pirates call up Lithuanian reliever Neverauskas

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates called up Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, giving the reliever the chance to become the second Lithuanian-born player to appear in a major league game.

Pittsburgh brought up Neverauskas after placing utility player Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The 24-year-old Neverauskas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and was signed by the Pirates in 2009. He rose steadily through Pittsburgh's minor league system, appearing in the All-Star Futures Game last summer. Neverauskas did not allow an earned run in 8 1/3 innings for Indianapolis this season.

If Neverauskas appears in a game, he would join outfielder Joe Zapustas of the Philadelphia Athlertics in 1933 as the only Lithuanian-born players to play in the majors.

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