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Stephen Strasburg exits Wednesday’s start with an apparent injury

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday afternoon ahead of his evening start against the Braves. Unfortunately, he lasted only 2 1/3 innings before leaving with an apparent injury. It’s not yet known what exactly the issue is, but MASN’s Dan Kolko noted that Strasburg threw a fastball “way off the mark” and had been “grimacing” after each of his final three pitches. Strasburg made a fist after the third-to-last pitch.

Needless to say, this will be concerning to the Nationals, who signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension back in May. The club should offer an update on Strasburg’s injury shortly.

In recording seven outs on Wednesday night, Strasburg kept the Braves off the board on two hits with on walks and four strikeouts on 42 pitches. Sean Burnett came in to relieve Strasburg.

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.