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Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 4:32 p.m.

Balls and strikes called from mound after umpire injured

  • Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton grounds out as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy watches during the first inning of a spring training game i...

    Associated Press

    Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton grounds out as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy watches during the first inning of a spring training game in Phoenix on Tuesday. The second base umpire, Jim Joyce, called ball and strikes for part of the first inning after home plate umpire Seth Buckminster was hit with a pitch and left the game.

PHOENIX — In a throwback to Little League days, balls and strikes were called from behind the pitcher's mound for a brief period in Tuesday's exhibition between the Los Angeles Angels and Milwaukee after an umpire was injured.
Home plate Seth Buckminster was hurt with two outs in the top of first inning. Brewers starter Wily Peralta threw a pitch that hit Albert Pujols, and the ball deflected and struck Buckminster on the left arm near the wrist.
Buckminster left the game along with umpire Anthony Johnson, who changed into home-plate gear. After a brief delay, with only two umpires left on the field, play resumed for four batters with Tim McClelland calling pitches from behind the mound.
Johnson returned to the field and McClelland shifted to third base three batters into the bottom of the first.
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