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Maddon apologizes to umps over Fuld move, says it was "very honest" mistake



Rays manager Joe Maddon apologized to the umpiring crew before Tuesday's game and said he was wrong in thinking OF Sam Fuld could warm up on the mound Monday without having to stay in the game and pitch.

Maddon called it "a very honest non-descript mistake" and said "I was not totally aware of the rule like that.''

Maddon's theory was that since Fuld was already in the game, having pinch-hit for reliever J.P. Howell, that he woudn't be subject to the rule requiring a new pitcher to face one batter.

"I wasn't trying to get away with anything,'' he said. "I was not aware of that, I was not clear on that. That is my fault, nobody's elses.''

Maddon got a call earlier today from MLB VP Joe Torre to discuss the situation.

Maddon also said home plate umpire Bob Davidson misunderstood him because he never said Fuld was injured and couldn't pitch, as the umpire crew chief said.

"I think it was a total miscommunication, I never said anything about an injury,'' Maddon said.


[Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:15am]


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