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Hunter Strickland to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Mariners closer Hunter Strickland may be looking at a stint on the injured list after experiencing some tightness in his right shoulder, per a recent report from the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish. While Strickland dismissed the pain as “just part of the job,” he’s expected to receive further evaluation from team doctors and could undergo an MRI if the Mariners believe his injury is serious.

The 30-year-old closer dominated in his first two outings of the year after picking up a pair of saves against the Athletics in Japan. When he returned to Seattle for his first stateside appearance, however, his visible discomfort on the mound generated an epic ninth inning meltdown. Rafael Devers popped a leadoff double, Blake Swihart took a free base on a hit-by-pitch, and Mitch Moreland delivered a three-run homer that lifted the Red Sox to their eventual 7-6 win.

While the Mariners have yet to determine the extent of Strickland’s injury, Divish notes that they could revert to a closer-by-committee approach until he makes a full recovery. Right-handers Cory Gearrin and rookie Matt Festa may also step up in late-inning situations in the interim, though an official replacement for Strickland has not been announced.

Update: Strickland has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 right lat strain. In corresponding moves, the Mariners selected the contract of right-hander David McKay from Triple-A Tacoma and shifted Kyle Seager (left hand injury) to the 60-day IL.

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.