Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Selig: No rush to expand video replay

DE PERE, Wis. — Commissioner Bud Selig says he doesn't think more video review of umpires' calls is needed, at least not right now.

Selig spoke to a small group Wednesday at a sport and society conference at St. Norbert College.

Previously reluctant to add replay, Selig instituted it in August 2008 for boundary calls on potential home runs, such as whether balls went over the fence or were fair.

MLB sought to increase video review this season to include trapped balls, fair-or-foul rulings down the lines and fan interference all over the ballpark. But it requires approval of MLB and the unions representing the umpires and the players, and any expansion was delayed until 2013 at the earliest.

"I've had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more," Selig said.

Selig indicated adding replay for balls hit down the line — "bullets, as I call 'em" — and trapped balls may be ahead.

He again repeated his oft-spoken — and oft-ignored — intention to retire. Selig, who turns 78 in July, has been commissioner since 1992. His term was extended again in January through 2014.

MANNY SLOWED: Manny Ramirez might not be ready to play for the Athletics by May 30 when his suspension ends. Manager Bob Melvin said the A's want to make sure Ramirez, who started last season with the Rays, is fully prepared and comfortable with his swing before he plays in major-league games after his stint with Triple-A Sacramento.

CLEMENS Trial: Former major-league 1B David Segui may be called, reluctantly, to testify in the Roger Clemens perjury trial. Prosecutors want Segui to relate a conservation he had with Clemens' former strength coach, Brian McNamee, in 2001. McNamee supposedly talked to Segui about saving waste from injecting players in order to placate McNamee's wife.

BONDS APPEAL: Federal prosecutors have asked for a 45-day delay until July 19 to respond to Barry Bonds' appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction. The career home run leader filed a 60-page brief May 3 with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the government's response was due June 4.

ANGELS: RF Torii Hunter is expected to rejoin the team when it returns from its current trip, yet manager Mike Scioscia said he still isn't sure exactly when that might be. Hunter has been on the restricted list since May 14 after his teenage son was arrested in Texas.

BREWERS: RHP Marco Estrada left the game after injuring his right leg while running out a double. … INF Cody Ransom was claimed off waivers two days after the Diamondbacks designated him for assignment.

CARDINALS: 1B Lance Berkman, out at least six to eight weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee, plans to have surgery this morning in Houston. … INF Matt Carpenter went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. C Steven Hill was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. … OF Allen Craig, out since April 17, ran on his strained left hamstring and plans to take batting practice today.

MARLINS: RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, the former Leo Nunez who was charged with identity fraud in the Dominican Republic, received his work visa. Oviedo will have to serve an eight-week suspension when he reports.

NATIONALS: OF Michael Morse, out all season with a torn right lat muscle, will "for sure" be ready to be activated by June 8, manager Davey Johnson said.

ORIOLES: 2B Brian Roberts played his first game since sustaining a concussion more than a year ago, walking twice in three innings for Double-A Bowie.

ROCKIES: INF Jonathan Herrera went on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. INF D.J. LeMahieu was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

YANKEES: Manager Joe Girardi would not commit to using RHP David Robertson as his closer when he returns from a ribcage injury. Girardi said former Ray Rafael Soriano will close for now.

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