Not a lost season? Marcus Stroman could return from torn ACL to pitch for Blue Jays in September

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Toronto made a blockbuster deal for David Price at the trade deadline to anchor the pitching staff and now the Blue Jays may be adding another top-of-the-rotation arm to the mix.

Marcus Stroman, who had a fantastic rookie season in 2014 and was slated to be the Opening Day starter before suffering a torn ACL during spring training, is close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment with an eye toward pitching this season.

He was initially expected to miss the entire year, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Stroman has recently been throwing from flat ground and could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment as soon as August 21.

Whether that would leave him enough time to build up the arm strength necessary to start games for the Blue Jays in September and potentially October remains to be seen, but at the very least a late-season bullpen role seems possible.

Stroman posted a 3.65 ERA and 111/28 K/BB ratio in 131 innings as a 23-year-old rookie, averaging 94 miles per hour with his fastball and allowing just seven home runs in 534 plate appearances. Regardless of the role, if healthy Stroman has the ability to make a big impact.

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.