In speaking to a gathering of Baseball Writers Association of America members today MLB executive vice president Joe Torre revealed that he’s “pretty confident” expanded instant replay will be in place for next season.
Players would have to sign off on any agreement, so Torre also made it clear that “we’re still in the tweaking stages” and “we’re not limiting ourselves.”
Of course, it’s also worth noting that Bud Selig said similarly optimistic things last October about having expanded replay for 2013, only to have Torre announce in February that it wasn’t happening.
The Yankees announced a few minutes ago that reliever Tommy Kahnle has biceps and shoulder tendinitis. The prescription: no throwing for about 10 days. Manager Aaron Boone thinks Kahnle will miss about three weeks in total.
Kahnle was placed on the disabled list the other day following a series of subpar outings characterized by a drop in his fastball velocity. He’s allowed seven runs — five earned — on four hits and has issued eight walks in seven and a third innings. He’s clearly not the same guy he was last season when, following his trade to New York from Chicago, he put up a 2.70 ERA and struck out 12.2 batters per nine innings in 32 games.