MLB notebook: MLB admits to making wrong call
Major League Baseball says the umpires were wrong. That doesn't help the Oakland Athletics.
One day after umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew failed to reverse an obvious home run by A's infielder Adam Rosales following a video review, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said an “improper call” was made in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game between the Indians and Athletics.
However, despite pointing out the mistake, Torre said the disputed call will stand. The Indians won, 4-3.
“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief,” Torre said in a statement released during Thursday's series finale. “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.
• Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan is expected to be sidelined at least two months and is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews for an examination that could determine whether he will need surgery. Boston transferred Hanrahan, the former Pirates closer, from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list Thursday with what the Red Sox said was a strained right forearm. It's the right-hander's second stint on the DL this season.
• The Indians activated starting center fielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list after sweeping a four-game series from Oakland. Bourn had been sidelined since slicing open his right index finger while diving into first base April 14.
• The Blue Jays have optioned left-hander Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo and designated right-hander Edgar Gonzalez for assignment.
• The Orioles have placed right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb blister. Gonzalez is 2-2 with a 4.58 ERA in six starts this season.
• Reds pitcher Daniel Tuttle has been suspended for 100 games for a third drug violation under baseball's minor league drug program.