New York, NY (Sports Network) - Major League Baseball on Friday issued a two-
game suspension to umpire Fieldin Culbreth and fined him an undisclosed amount
for his actions during Thursday's game between the Angels and Astros in
The Angels played the final two-plus innings of an eventual 6-5 win under
protest after the Astros made an illegal pitching change with two outs in the
With left-handed hitter J.B. Shuck due up, Houston manager Bo Porter summoned
southpaw Wesley Wright from the bullpen. As Wright warmed up on the mound,
pinch-hitter Luis Jimenez, a right-handed batter, stepped into the on-deck
Porter then called for the righty Hector Ambriz, despite Wright not throwing a
pitch, which is illegal according to rule 3.05 (b) of the MLB rule book which
"If the pitcher is replaced, the substitute pitcher shall pitch to the batter
then at bat, or any substitute batter, until such batter is put out or reaches
first base, or until the offensive team is put out, unless the substitute
pitcher sustains injury or illness which, in the umpire-in-chiefs judgment,
incapacitates him for further play as a pitcher."
Halos manager Mike Scioscia adamantly argued the call to no avail, as the
umpires -- with Culbreth as crew chief -- allowed Ambriz to enter the game.
MLB also issued undisclosed fines to the remainder of the officiating
crew -- Brian O'Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson.
Culbreth's suspension will be served at a later date to be determined by the
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