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A manager or coach is allowed to visit the mound to confer with a pitcher during his outing to speak with him about anything the manager/coach wishes. Each pitcher is limited to one visit per inning by a coach or manager. If a pitcher is visited a second time during an inning then he must be removed from the game. If the pitcher is facing the same batter that he was facing during the first mound visit, then he must continue the at-bat until it is over. At that point, the pitcher shall be removed from the game. The manager will also be ejected in this instance and told to have a pitcher warmed up and ready for the next batter. However, if there is a pinch hitter during an at-bat in which a mound visit occurred then there may be a second mound visit, but the pitcher must be removed from the game at the end of the at-bat (the manager is not ejected).
If a manager comes onto the field and speaks with the catcher or one of the infielders and that player then speaks with the pitcher, then that counts as a mound visit. If a coach removes a pitcher and the manager then comes out to speak to the new pitcher in the middle of the pitcher change, it is counted as a visit to the mound.
Visits to the mound have a 30-second time limit that is measured by the in-stadium clock normally used to measure the time between innings. The 30 seconds begin after the manager has left the dugout and the umpire has made a signal for a timeout. Once the clock hits zero, the mound visit will be ended by the umpire and play will resume.
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