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Blue Jays replace Devon Travis on the postseason roster

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The Blue Jays have officially received permission from Major League Baseball to replace second baseman Devon Travis on their postseason roster, per reports from MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. During the fifth inning of Friday’s ALCS opener, Travis was pulled after suffering apparent discomfort in his right knee. What was originally thought to be re-aggravation of a bone bruise Travis sustained weeks earlier was revealed to be a new injury, though Toronto GM Ross Atkins did not disclose the particulars of Travis’ condition when the roster announcement was made.

The additional damage done to Travis’ knee was key to MLB’s approval of the swap. As Chisholm reported, the league was within its rights to refuse the accommodation if the bone bruise had worsened with no sign of further injury. Atkins clarified that the two injuries were in roughly the same spot, though of a distinct enough nature that they could be classified as separate injuries.

With Travis sidelined through the end of the postseason, the Blue Jays will fill the roster opening with first baseman Justin Smoak. Smoak hit .217/.314/.391 with 14 home runs in 341 PA with the Jays during the 2016 season.

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.