The New York Yankees filed a protest of Tuesday night’s loss to the Boston Red Sox.
A spokesman for Major League Baseball confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that the commissioner’s office received the official paperwork before the early Thursday deadline.
New York claimed there was no indication of an injury to Red Sox starter Josh Beckett before he came out in the fifth inning. Still, reliever Manny Delcarmen was given all the time he needed to warm up on a damp and chilly night.
The Yankees, who were leading 5-0 at the time, protested to umpire crew chief Larry Vanover after the inning. The team then had 24 hours from the final out of Tuesday night’s 7-6 loss to submit its protest to the commissioner’s office. The game ended early Wednesday, about 13 minutes after midnight.
MLB is expected to respond within five business days.
Boston put Beckett on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a lower-back strain. The right-hander had skipped his previous turn in the rotation because of back spasms.
New York general manager Brian Cashman explained, however, that the issue for the Yankees was not whether Beckett was hurt. Their protest centers on the way he was removed from the game and whether Delcarmen should have been given only the standard eight warm-up pitches.
When a pitcher leaves a game with an injury, baseball rules allow for his replacement to take as much time as needed to get loose.
“To me, he shouldn’t get all his pitches there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. “In my eyes it was not done in the right way. Any time a guy is in trouble, you signal to the bullpen and say, ‘Oh, he’s hurt.’ That’s a huge advantage.”
Hanley Ramirez is back in the Florida Marlins’ lineup, after a pregame talk with manager Fredi Gonzalez to clear the air.
The reigning NL batting champion was benched Tuesday after taking shots at his manager and teammates a day after getting yanked from a game for not hustling.
Gonzalez and Ramirez chatted for five or 10 minutes in the manager’s office, several hours before Marlins played the Cardinals in St. Louis. Gonzalez had two lineup cards ready in case the talk didn’t go well but Ramirez was back in the third slot.
After his meeting with Gonzalez, Ramirez worked his way around the clubhouse to apologize to teammates individually.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore joined Asdrubal Cabrera on the disabled list because of a deep bone bruise in his left knee. He will be sidelined at least 15 days. Cabrera, meanwhile, had surgery to repair a displaced fracture of the ulna bone in his left arm. He’ll be out eight to 10 weeks, the club said. … Struggling Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman will sit out a two-game series in Pittsburgh so he can work with pitching coach Rick Peterson. Hoffman has five blown saves in 10 chances this season. … The Atlanta Braves are expected to be without Matt Diaz for at least a month after the outfielder had surgery on his infected right thumb. … Tampa Bay Rays reliever J.P. Howell had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.