Expanded replay approved for World Series … in Little League


Bud Selig has no plans to expand replay, but his Little League counterparts have voted to revise their replay system to “include more plays, including force outs, tags on base paths, missed bases, and hit batters.”
Here’s more from the Associated Press:

Umpires will still have the option to call for a replay, though managers will now be allowed to challenge calls or request a replay if umpires don’t ask for one. Managers would be limited to one unsuccessful replay challenge in the first six innings, and one unsuccessful challenge in extra innings. A replay team–an umpire who is not on the field and a Little League official–would review up to 12 camera angles provided by ESPN and decide whether to reverse the call.

The new system will be instituted when this year’s Little League World Series begins on August 20.

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.