Umpires bar Dodgers' Roberts from pitching position player

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Umpires barred Dodgers manager Dave Roberts from using

a position player to pitch the ninth inning against the New York Mets on Saturday

night, enforcing a rule Roberts apparently did not know that prevents teams from using non-pitchers with a deficit of five runs or fewer.

With Los Angeles trailing 9-4, Roberts sent utility player Zach McKinstry to the mound to begin the ninth,

but McKinstry was halted by umpires. A lengthy delay and discussion followed, and umpires used headsets to discuss the situation with officials in New York.

Crew chief C.B. Bucknor announced that McKinstry would not be allowed to pitch, and right-hander Evan Phillips began warming in the Dodgers bullpen.

When umpires signaled that Phillips needed to relocate his warm-up throws to the

game mound, bullpen coach Josh Bard jogged out of the bullpen and screamed that Phillips wasn't ready.

Phillips was given unlimited time to warm up, and the delay lasted around 11 minutes in total.