York manager Mark Mason said the Atlantic League has relaxed some new rules penned this offseason to speed up the game.
The league hopes to keep the 12-second maximum time between pitches. League officials also still want umpires to encourage hitters to step into the box. But the league will not enforce the limitations on mound visits — for now.
A league official said one of the reasons to back off the mound visit limits — at least early in the year — was a fear of injury early in the season if a visit causes an unexpected pitching change.
“The mound visits kind of got pushed to the side for now,” Mason said.