MCCLELLAND INJURY: Umpire ‘Out’ For Season

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A West Des Moines-native, and one of the most accomplished umpires in major league baseball, will be sidelined this season because of a back injury.

Tim McClelland said Wednesday that doctors decided against clearing him to work this season during the league’s annual preseason retreat in Phoenix.

The league recently announced that McClelland would start the season on the “disabled list,” but he told the Des Moines Register he will miss the entire season and isn’t sure if he’ll be able to return despite plans to consider it.

The 62-year-old is the second-most senior umpire in the league, behind Joe West.

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