Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon protested Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning after the umpires granted Toronto a replay challenge after the next play had begun.
Rays DH Wil Myers reached on a one-out single in the fourth and was called safe by first base umpire Bill Welke on Mark Buehrle’s pickoff throw.
After Yunel Escobar stepped back into the batter’s box and Buehrle returned to the rubber, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out and asked to challenge Welke’s call.
Maddon came out to speak with crew chief and third base umpire Bob Davidson about the timing. After Myers was called out following video review, Maddon spoke to Davidson again and indicated he was playing the game under protest. A Rays team spokesman later confirmed the reason for the protest.
Baseball’s replay rules say any challenge must be made before the next play or pitch, which is said to begin “when the pitcher is on the rubber preparing to start his delivery and the batter has entered the batter’s box.”