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Kyle Seager to miss far more time than initially expected

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A few days ago Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his left hand which he injured diving for a ball during a game last week. It was reported at the time that he was expected to be out through April.

Nope. Try June. That’s the report from Greg Johns of MLB.com who spoke with GM Jerry Dipoto who said that Seager will not even swing a bat for eight weeks, pushing his return to game action back even farther:

“He won’t be able to pick up a bat until the eighth week. It’s hard to believe we’ll shut him down for two-plus months and he’ll be able to hit MLB pitching in two weeks. So I suspect we’re probably looking more toward 10-12 weeks.”

That timetable puts Seager’s return in June, assuming no complications during recovery.

Seager, a Best Shape of His Life All-Star, was hoping for a bounce back season following a disappointing 2018 campaign in which he hit .221/.273/.400 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 630 plate appearances. Now he’ll endure the first season in which he’s not played in at least 154 games since 2011, which was his rookie season.

Tough break.

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.