Major league rules. What happens if team used the entire roster and now a player gets hurt ???


When a player leaves the game he is done. There are high school rules that are subject to locality that allow a pitcher to reenter the game in a non-pitching role. However in MLB you get taken out, you are out - I think rule 303.

What happens when the manager is in the 17th inning and a player gets hurt and there is no one else? Well this basically can never happen in reality.


Because there are 4 other starting pitchers. So right fielder gets hurt, starting pitcher (that did not pitch this game) plays right field. If all of your other 4 starting pitchers enter the game and get taken out or if they are hurt... You play with 8 - bylaws will include an automatic out in the lineup.

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  • I don't get the "bylaws will include an automatic out in the lineup" phrase. Does it mean that on their turn they will start with an out against three to end the inning? – Yannis Dran Dec 7 '18 at 11:20
  • @YannisDran - if you are down to 8 players the "missing player" is still in your lineup. When they come to bat it is an automatic out. – Coach-D Dec 7 '18 at 17:57
  • So that means if (theoretically) we had a three consecutive players missed from our lineup, then a whole inning would not be played in defense, right? – Yannis Dran Dec 12 '18 at 10:38
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    @YannisDran - Great question - 8 is the minimum. You cannot play with less than 8 players. So at most you could have one auto out in your lineup. Really good stats question would be when was the last time this happened in a MLB game. When I used to umpire youth games I would see it once a year. – Coach-D Dec 12 '18 at 19:48
  • Thank you for the answer. In other countries out of US, due to unpopularity of the game it is difficult to have same rules sometimes , but we are trying mantain MLB rules as much as possible. – Yannis Dran Dec 17 '18 at 20:47

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