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Padres’ Hosmer on IL with broken finger, out 2-3 weeks

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres placed first baseman Eric Hosmer on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a broken left index finger suffered while bunting with two strikes the night before.

To take his roster spot, the Padres recalled outfielder Abraham Almonte from the alternate training site.

Manager Jayce Tingler said Hosmer won’t require surgery and his finger is in a splint.

Tingler said the recovery time could be two to three weeks, and after that it would be a “pain tolerance deal. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Hos being able to take a high level of pain.”

The Padres began the day with the second-best record in the National League. The regular season ends Sept. 27.

Hosmer was injured while trying to bunt in the first inning in Monday night’s 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rockies. Tingler said his players “have a lot of freedom at the plate” and thinks Hosmer was trying to beat a shift by dropping “an easy hit” down the third base line because third baseman Nolan Arenado was shifted almost to the shortstop position. Instead, the ball hit his finger and he was called out on strikes.

Hosmer was having a good season, hitting the ball in the air more than he had in recent seasons. He was batting .291 with eight homers and 32 RBIs, and was part of the Padres’ “Slam Diego” outburst in mid-August, when they became the first team in history to hit four grand slams in four straight games.

Mitch Moreland, acquired from Boston on Aug. 30, started at first base in Tuesday night’s game against the Rockies. Rookie Jake Cronenworth filled in at first for several games early in the season when Hosmer was out with a stomach ailment. He has since moved to second base. He got a day off Tuesday, with Greg Garcia starting at second.

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.