Umpires have a saying: You’re expected to be perfect on your first day ’ and improve after that.
The primary goal, everyone knows: Get the call right.
Enter veteran MLB ump Hunter Wendelstedt, who on Monday during the Angels-Rays game knew the instant he called L.A. rookie Nolan Fontana safe at second it was the wrong call.
Tampa Bay second baseman Michael Martinez agreed (per the Tampa Bay Times) and immediately signaled the dugout to use a replay challenge.
Sidelined since March 1 with soreness around his throwing elbow as he recovered from a strain, Red Sox left-hander David Price will make his season debut Monday against the White Sox in Chicago.
The 2012 Cy Young Award winner threw 89 pitches in his last start with Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, but lasted only 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs (three earned). Price struggled with his control, although his fastball did ranged between 92-96 mph.
In two rehab starts, he’s allowed nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits in just 5 2/3 innings.
Boston is hoping Price’s return can boost the club into first place in the AL East. Currently 3 1/2 games behind the rival Yankees, the Red Sox (24-21) will keep a close eye on Price in case he suffers another setback.