Indians’ Francona, Kluber upset at post-review denial of warmup pitches
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and pitcher Corey Kluber were upset after home-plate umpire Rob Drake and crew chief Joe West denied Kluber's request for warmup pitches after a video review during last night's game against the Chicago White Sox.
In the seventh inning of the Indians' 3-2 loss, umpires reviewed a play at the plate to see if the runner is in violation of Rule 7.13, covering collisions at home plate.
After the review, Kluber wanted to throw warmup pitches, but umpires denied his request.
"That was disappointing,” Francona said to MLB.com. "At that point in the game, Klubes doesn't know how long they're going to be over there, so he doesn't want to keep throwing [during the review], because he was at a pretty high pitch count."
Wednesday’s review lasted 48 seconds, and Kluber was informed by West that he should have thrown warmup pitches during the review.
“What's the point of throwing as soon as they go over there and put the headset on?” Kluber said.
Kluber (13-8) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs and nine hits in 6.1 innings with eight strikeouts.
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