May 29, 2016

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Indians Notes: MLB admits bad call, but won’t change it

CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball acknowledged that umpire Angel Hernandez made a mistake, but it will not change the crew chief’s disputed call in the Indians’ 4-3 victory over the A’s at Progressive Field on Wednesday night.
Television replays clearly showed a potential game-tying drive from Adam Rosales in the ninth inning off closer Chris Perez ricochet off the railing well above the yellow home run line in left-center. But Hernandez, the second base umpire, ruled that it was a double, and even after umpires reviewed the play, did not change the erroneous call.
“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief,” MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre said in a statement released Thursday. “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 (Wednesday) 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 (Wednesday) night’s decision.”
Director of Major League Umpires Randy Marsh was in attendance at Progressive Field for the series finale between Cleveland and Oakland on Thursday. He told reporters he was there to meet with the umpiring crew and inspect the replay equipment, but would not comment on the call or decision.
Some have suggested that the game be replayed from the moment after what should have been a homer for Rosales. Indians manager Terry Francona was not one of them, saying when that was proposed after the game Wednesday, “We sure as (heck) aren’t going back out there.”
Not surprisingly, Francona supported MLB’s decision.
“I respect Joe and his statement,” he said. “I’m glad it stands. All you can ask is for guys to do the best they can. They went and checked it. Those things have a way of evening out sometimes.”
Wounded Wahoos
The Indians will have their center fielder and leadoff man, Michael Bourn (right index finger laceration), back for this weekend’s series against  Central Division-leading Detroit, which opens tonight at Comerica Park.
Bourn, who has been on the disabled list since April 15, was activated after Thursday’s game. Reliever Scott Barnes was optioned back to Triple-A Columbus.
Bourn played in two rehab games for the Clippers, going 1-for-7 with a stolen base.
“I had to let it heal, there was no other choice,” Bourn said of the long layoff. “Now I’m ready to get back out there and get back into the swing of things.”
** Reliever Vinnie Pestano (right elbow tendinitis) is scheduled to resume a throwing program this weekend, but will not make the trip to Detroit. The Indians are confident the right-hander will be able to leave the DL on his May 16 eligibility date.
** Right-hander Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Saturday in Cleveland to disabled backup catcher Lou Marson. He is scheduled to throw another Tuesday or Wednesday in Philadelphia, with a possible rehab stint next weekend.
** Marson (right shoulder strain) has been given clearance to begin a throwing program. He has played in only three games after spending time on the DL with a neck injury.
Next up
The Indians begin a three-game series in Detroit tonight (7:08) before returning home for a traditional doubleheader against the Yankees on Monday (12:05 p.m.).
Corey Kluber (2-1, 3.06 ERA) pitches tonight, opposing RHP Max Scherzer (4-0, 3.43), while Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2, 6.37) goes on Saturday (7:08 p.m.) against RHP Justin Verlander (4-2, 1.55).
Zach McAllister (3-3, 2.63) will pitch the series finale Sunday (1:08 p.m), while Detroit counters with RHP Rick Porcello (1-2, 7.52).
Roundin’ third
It was Cleveland’s first four-game sweep since July 16-18, 2010 (at home against Detroit), and the first four-game sweep of the A’s since April 26-29, 1999, in Oakland.
** The Indians have committed just one error over their last 12 games.
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Award-winning sportswriter Chris Assenheimer has covered the Indians since 1997. Prior to that, he also covered Ohio State football and basketball. He's a graduate of (Bay Village) Bay High School and The Ohio State University, and can be reached at 329-7137 or Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.