CINCINNATI — Jake McGee went through rehab to come back from his lower back tightness. He got his groove back at Triple-A Sacramento. He was reinstated from the injured list Friday. He was summoned in the eighth inning.
He was ready to pitch in the big leagues again, finally.
But then … McGee got denied. He walked off the field before throwing a pitch.
In an extremely embarrassing moment, it was discovered that the San Francisco Giants forgot to include McGee on their lineup card. When lineups were exchanged at home plate before the game, McGee’s name was absent.
Nevertheless, manager Gabe Kapler summoned him for the eighth, and as the lefty warmed up on the Great American Ball Park mound, the Cincinnati Reds notified the umpiring crew about the oversight.
Sure enough, McGee couldn’t pitch and was replaced by Jose Alvarez, who coughed up two runs in an ugly 5-1 loss.
“We have an extremely detailed and meticulous group. We failed to get McGee on the lineup card,” Kapler said. “And ultimately, that’s my responsibility. So Jake was unable to pitch.”
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As Alvarez warmed up, Kapler was seen talking with bench coach Kai Correa. Bench coaches generally are responsible for submitting lineups, but Kapler wasn’t pointing in anyone’s direction.
“Everything we do around here, we do this together,” Kapler said. “This is a team effort. Our entire staff is incredibly detailed and pays very close…