MLB Notes: League admits umpires missed HR call

MLB Notes: League admits umpires missed HR call
May 9, 2013, 3:00 pm
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CLEVELAND -- 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.

"Home and away broadcast feeds are available for all uses of instant replay, and they were available to the crew last night. Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made. Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right. Earlier this morning, we began the process of speaking with the crew to thoroughly review all the circumstances surrounding last night's decision."

Before MLB's ruling, A's manager Bob Melvin said he still believed he witnessed a home run and nothing will change his mind (see full story).

Happ out of the hospital, date of return uncertain
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- J.A. Happ isn't sure how he'll react when gets on a mound again. One thing he does know is that he's going to try to forget what happened Tuesday night.

Toronto's 30-year-old left-hander returned to Tropicana Field on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was struck on the head by a line drive that sent him to a hospital for an overnight stay.

Happ expects to make a full recovery from a skull fracture behind the left ear that doctors believe will heal on its own, adding he doesn't anticipate having any fear of returning to work.

"I think you've just got to get back out there and try to forget about it," he said. "I won't know until I'm out there, but I don't anticipate it being a problem."

He's not sure when he'll get the opportunity.

The pitcher sprained his right knee when he dropped to the ground Tuesday night, and that could affect how soon he'll be ready to pitch again (see full story).

Blue Jays option reliever Ricky Romero
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have optioned left-hander Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo and designated right-hander Edgar Gonzalez for assignment.

Romero lasted just one-third of an inning in Wednesday night's 10-4 loss at Tampa Bay, the shortest start of his career and the quickest exit by a Toronto pitcher since Esteban Loaiza got only one out on July 2, 2001.

Romero, who gave up three run-scoring singles, lost his rotation spot after a poor spring training and remained in Florida to work on mechanics. He was called up May 4 when right-hander Josh Johnson went on the 15-day disabled list.

Romero is 0-2 this season with a 12.46 ERA (see full story).

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