A’s closer Sean Doolittle is ready to make his season debut

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that A’s closer Sean Doolittle is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday after spending the first seven weeks of the season recovering from a partially torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.

Doolittle has been rehabbing in the minors for the past two weeks, including Triple-A appearances Friday and Sunday. Last season he stepped into the closer role in mid-May and had an All-Star year, saving 22 games with a 2.73 ERA and 89/8 K/BB ratio in 63 innings.

All indications are that the A’s plan to re-install Doolittle as their closer, but fill-in Tyler Clippard may keep ninth-inning duties for a while longer as they ease him back into the bullpen mix.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.