LOS ANGELES — The umpires forbid Dodgers manager Dave Roberts' use of a position player against the ninth inning.On Saturday night, Roberts failed to realize that a rule prohibits non-pitchers from being used by teams with a deficit of at least five runs.
Los Angeles trailing 9-4 when Roberts sent a utility playerTo the mound to start the ninth, he was stopped by umpires. There was much discussion and a long delay. The umpires then got on the headsets and discussed the situation with New York's review centre.
C.B. Bucknor stated that McKinstry would not pitch and that a reliever would be permitted to do so.Warming up in the Dodgers bullpen. The umpires signaled that Phillips needed to move his warm-up throws onto the game mound. Bullpen coach Josh Bard ran out of the bullpen to shout at the umpires that Phillips wasn’t ready.
Major League Baseball agreed to prohibit position players from pitching in games with deficits of five runs or less after they made 90 and 75 respective pitches in 2019. The rule was suspended for two years because of concerns about pitcher injuries. However, it was reinstated this year.
McKinstry could've pitched in the ninth, if McKinstry was designated as an outfielder. However, the infielder was not called up on Thursday. The Dodgers don't have any designated two-way players. McKinstry was instead moved to third base.
Phillips allowed only one hit, and struck out two. The Dodgers lost 9-4.