Answer: Team A has the option of subbing for the vacant slot, subbing for one of the eight players or not subbing at all. The rules do not require Team A to return to a nine person lineup. (BB – Rule 4, Sec. 4, Art. 1, Note No. 2; SB – Rule 3-3-8(d))
Question: Team A has only nine players and while at bat, one of its players is hit by a pitch and is unable to touch first base due to injury. Is player declared out due to vacant slot rule? Can another player reach the awarded base?
Answer: With no subs available on offense, team continues to play with eight with the most recent batter “not on base” accepting the awarded base due to hit batsman. (BB – Rule 4-4-1(f), note No. 1; SB – Rule 3-3-8(a))