Farrell said team would keep a tighter rein on Price’s workload initially. Still, adding David Price is always going to be a positive.
Injury issues are out of the norm for Price, who at most missed about six weeks in the middle of the 2013 season with a strained triceps. Otherwise he’s been dependable, one of the many reasons Boston gave him a seven-year, $217 million contract.
The 31-year-old shouldered the load for an injury-riddled Red Sox rotation last season, leading the majors with 35 starts and 230 innings. But his 3.99 ERA was his worst since his rookie season with Tampa Bay in 2009, and he surrendered a career-high 8.9 hits per nine innings.
Meantime, Wendelstedt huddled with crew chief Joe West, then they walked off the field, as if they were going to the headsets used in replay reviews. The umpires huddled some more and then called Fontana out ’ without using replay.
After consulting with me, [Wendelstedt] said, ’I want to change it myself. I think I erred. I think I called it too quick. I don’t want to go to replay.’ I said, ’OK, it’s your call.’ So he changed it, West told a pool reporter after the game.
Said Wendelstedt: When you’re an umpire you have to be honest with yourself. ’ And as soon as my hands went out [indicating the runner was safe], I knew that I’d missed it.
We can correct what we deem as an error, West said, and we did.
According to the Times, Angels manager Mike Scioscia received word from his video coordinator that Martinez tagged Fontana’s hand before it reached the base.
Which brings another baseball adage: You never know what you’re going to see at the ballpark.
That was new to me, Rays manager Kevin Cash said, but a lot of things are new to me sometimes.