Originally Posted by bigfunguy
OK...here's my work around. Say Cueto is getting lit up (god forbid). But nobody is ready outta the pen...you have Cueto just delay. He gets thrown out...if new pitcher isnt ready, you insert Arroyo (or whoever pitched last night---somebody who aint gonna play). According to the rules, he has to face one batter---BUT if he just REFUSES to pitch...what can they do?? Eject him?? Fine--by then, LeCure is ready. :>)
If a pitcher is thrown out of a game, or is injured, his replacement has all the time he needs to warm up.
The issue with the "delay" tactic it that is can be called a balk and you move the runners up. So instead, throw a couple balls behind the batter, get tossed, and the new guy comes in and loosens up at his leisure.