Ump interferes with Kenley Jansen’s warm-up routine

Atlanta Braves backup pitcher Kenley Jansen was cut short in his warm-up routine by the home plate umpire during Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres.

The Atlanta Braves were in San Diego to face the Padres in a four-game series. Both teams shared their first two games and the Braves were looking for a 5-2 win on Saturday, April 16. But there was drama.

Manager Brian Snitker challenged Kenley Jansen for three outs at the bottom of the ninth inning. Jansen’s warm-up routine was canceled after three pitches by home plate umpire Bill Miller.

Jansen had to be separated from Snitker and third base coach Ron Washington. Miller once stood in front of Atlanta catcher Manny Piña to prevent Jansen from throwing additional warm-up pitches.

Ump interferes with Kenley Jansen’s warm-up routine

As the Bally Sports commentary team said, the time allotted between the innings had expired and Jansen had only gotten three throws before being stopped by Miller.

Piña explained the situation during a post-game interview with Bally Sports.

Snitker said during his post-game press conference that there was a delay in Jansen’s warm-up because the pitcher checked his glove for sticky substances before taking the mound. Snitker’s comments on Jansen can be found from minute 2:15 of the following video, courtesy of Bally Sports.

Despite the disagreements, Jansen finished the game with just 11 pitches. He beat Padres third baseman Manny Machado on six pitches, grounded second baseman Jake Cronenworth and forced designated hitter Luke Voit to come out to secure Atlanta’s 5-2 win.

With that game on the books, Jansen now has a 6.75 ERA and two saves in four games. Ump interferes with Kenley Jansen’s warm-up routine

John Verrall

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