Major League Baseball’s Playing Rules Committee tweaked its rule on transferring the ball from glove to hand. Basically it’s back to the way it was before this season. If the glove is opened after a catch and the ball falls out in the transfer process, it’s now an out again, effective starting tonight.
“Is that right?” Derek Jeter said.
The umps, of course, will have to determine if there’s control before the glove is opened. The new replay system had led to players being forced to make the transfer smoothly for an out to be called.
The Captain gave his endorsement.
“That’s good,” Jeter said. “It made it very uncomfortable to try to turn a double play, constantly thinking, you should catch it; pull it out; don’t drop it. I’m happy. …
“I think you saw a lot of people sort of take it step by step. You’re trying to be quick when you try to turn a double play.”
Joe Girardi thought it was good to adjust as well.
“I think they’re willing to adjust,” Girardi said. “I think they said with the replay, this was a year where they were going to go through some things and they’re going to make some adjustments. I credit them for making the adjustments and continuing to communicate with the managers and the players and the (players) association and everyone involved so we get it right.”
Brendan Ryan is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Tampa. Girardi said the goal is for him to get 50 at-bats, although Girardi estimated Ryan had about 20 already.
“I don’t imagine it’ll be too long,” Girardi said.
David Phelps is scheduled to fill in for the suspended Michael Pineda Wednesday night here against the Mariners. Pineda was in the clubhouse. He can do pregame activities, then has to go.
Photo by The Associated Press.