Minor league team forfeits game for having too many players on roster
The Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, were forced to forfeit a game they won earlier this month because it turned out that they had too many players on their active roster.
The decision was announced by the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday.
The Isotopes added outfielder Joc Pederson, one of the Dodgers' top offensive prospects, to their active roster prior to their game on July 9 against the El Paso Chihuahuas. Pederson had been on the minor league disabled list due to a shoulder injury, but was deemed healthy enough to return to the lineup.
The team, however, failed to make a corresponding move before the game began -- leaving them with 26 players on their active roster. League rules stipulate that teams can only have 25.
Rain forced the game to be suspended after an inning and it was completed the following day. Albuquerque won by a 7-6 final score. Pederson went 3 for 4, with a pair of extra base hits. According to the Pacific Coast League announcement, statistics from the game will still stand -- save for pitching results -- but the final result of the game will be changed.
After the ruling, the final score of the game will officially be a 9-0 El Paso victory.