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MLB starts move toward expanded use of video replay

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball appears set for a vast expansion of video review by umpires in 2014 and is examining whether all calls other than balls and strikes should be subject to instant replay.

Replay has been in place for home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add trap plays and fair/foul calls down the lines for 2013, but change was put off while more radical options were examined.

"My opinion has evolved," Selig said Thursday after MLB executive vice president Joe Torre gave an update at a quarterly owners' meeting. Torre hopes to have proposals by the Aug. 14-15 session.

In tests last year at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, MLB experimented with the Hawk-Eye animation system that is used to judge line calls in tennis and the TrackMan software used by the PGA Tour.

Replay recommendations will come from a subcommittee of Torre, former St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and Atlanta president John Schuerholz, who is chairing the group.

"There are a lot of hurdles," Torre said. "You could start replaying stuff from the first inning on and then time the game by your calendar. That would be crazy. We have a rhythm in this game that we certainly don't want to disrupt."

The group is examining whether to have replay officials in booths at ballparks or at a central location, and whether to have umpires wear headsets. Torre is against giving managers a challenge system, as NFL coaches have, but says opinion is split.

Pettitte exits early: Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte left his start against Seattle after 4 2/3 innings because of an injured back muscle near his left shoulder. There was no immediate word on his prognosis. C Chris Stewart, who took over for injured Francisco Cervelli, limped off after the seventh.

Astros: The team has set up a news conference for today amid reports that Reid Ryan, a son of Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, will be the next Astros president. Reid Ryan, 41, is the CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, which owns the Triple-A Round Rock Express and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.

Braves: GM Frank Wren said OF Jason Heyward (appendix surgery) is expected to be activated from the DL today. LH reliever Jonny Venters had the second major elbow surgery of his career and is out for the year.

Mariners: RHP Aaron Harang (back stiffness) was scratched from his start against the Yankees.

Phillies: RHP Roy Halladay had right shoulder surgery and could begin throwing in 6-8 weeks.

Rangers: RHP Alexi Ogando was put on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his right biceps.

Red Sox: Reliever Joel Hanrahan had elbow ligament replacement surgery but no timetable for a return was announced. Typical rehab is one year.

MLB starts move toward expanded use of video replay 05/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:02am]
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