May 9, 2013
MLB notes: Umps were wrong but MLB won't correct missed home run
By QMI Agency

Athletics manager Bob Melvin yells at the umpire Angel Hernandez after being ejected for arguing a call at Progressive Field in Cleveland, May 8, 2013. (JASON MILLER/Getty Images/AFP)

Major League Baseball admitted Thursday that umpires got a home run call the night before wrong but won't do anything to correct it.

Umpire Angel Hernandez ruled incorrectly that a blast by Oakland A's infielder Adam Rosales in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians was a double, not a home run, despite using video replay. The Indians held on to win 4-3 but MLB won't change the outcome or force the game to be replayed even though the call was wrong.

"By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief," MLB's Joe Torre said in a statement. "In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night's crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field. It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.

"Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made."

Video replay clearly showed the ball going over the fence and hitting a railing but Hernandez, who conferred with the other three umpires, ruled it a double. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Hernandez said there wasn't enough evidence to reverse the call.


HANRAHAN OUT UNTIL JULY

Apparently the Boston Red Sox believe pitcher Joel Hanrahan's meeting with Dr. James Andrews won't go well.

Hanrahan was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to meet with the noted surgeon. The former closer won't be eligible to pitch again until July no matter what the issue is with his right forearm.

"Not knowing the extent or total number of days, we felt it was still going to require some recovery time," Red Sox manager John Farrell said in a Boston Globe report. "Then when you factor in the build-up back from that, it felt like it was going to be a couple of months total at a minimum."

The Red Sox are concerned Hanrahan sould have torn a ligament in his elbow, which would require Tommy John surgery. That's the reason for Hanrahan's visit with Dr. Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

NO SURGERY FOR PUTZ

Arizona Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz has avoided going under the knife.

According to FoxSports.com, the righthander will not need surgery on his injured right elbow. Instead, the team will hope rehab works on what is being described as a sprained ligament and irritated nerve.

The Diamondbacks put Putz on the disabled list Wednesday after be was pulled from Tuesday's game after four pitches due to elbow tightness.

Despite not needing surgery, Putz is still expected to be out for some time. Veteran Heath Bell, who was acquired in a trade with Miami during the off-season, has been given the closer's role in Putz's absence.

BRIEFLY

The Houston Astros released 33-year-old outfielder Rick Ankiel Thursday. Ankiel, who has five home runs on the season, cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week ... Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Daniel Tuttle was suspended 100 games for his third drug violation. The righthanded pitcher, who was playing with single-A Drayton, tested positive for a "drug of abuse," according to MLB ... The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list. Bourn missed three weeks after being spiked in the hand ... Baltimore Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was put on the disabled list with a blister on his thumb. The Orioles called up reliever Alex Burnett from the minors to take his spot on the roster ... An MRI of Jayson Werth's injured hamstring showed no structural damage. The Washington Nationals outfielder has missed five games due to the injury.

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