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MLB notebook: Expanded replay passes initial test

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By Staff and Wire Reports
Monday, March 3, 2014, 9:36 p.m.
 

The first spring training test of baseball's expanded instant-replay system has gotten off to a smooth start.

Three calls were challenged Monday, and the umpire's ruling was upheld each time.

Extra replay was in place for three games. Two calls were checked in the game between Toronto and Minnesota, there was one review in the Angels-Diamondbacks game and none when the Chicago Cubs played Milwaukee.

Each team in the majors will have at least five exhibition games with the new system in place.

In January, owners approved the use of additional video replay to review most calls other than balls-and-strikes. Previously, umpires could only go to replay to review home runs and boundary calls.

Padres CF on shelf

Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is going to be out two to three months after rupturing his left biceps tendon during a game against the Dodgers on Sunday.

The Padres on Monday revealed the severity of the injury.

Maybin was injured while diving for a ball hit into the right-center gap and came up in obvious discomfort.

The 26-year-old Maybin spent time on the disabled list in 2013 and had surgery to repair his right wrist late in the season.

He is entering the third year of a five-year, $25 million contract signed in the spring of 2012.

Maybin's spot in the lineup likely will be taken by Will Venable, who batted leadoff against the Giants on Monday.

Greinke can't depart

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly conceded Monday that injured pitcher Zack Greinke won't have a sufficient foundation of pitches to start in Australia later this month, MLB.com reported.

Greinke played catch Monday and reported improvement in his strained right calf, but Mattingly said Greinke's return remains unknown.

“From a standpoint of having 90 pitches, he won't be there,” Mattingly said.

Greinke was injured four pitches into his first start last Thursday.

Santana on O's radar

The Orioles have been busy signing free agents since training camp opened last month, and Johan Santana could be next.

Santana was at Baltimore's training complex Monday, and he posed for a photo with young pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who sent it out on Instagram.

Chris Davis, who hit a home run to center field in the Orioles' 9-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins, likes the idea of signing Santana.

“In the past, he was one of the best,” Davis said. “Hopefully, he can regain his form and be a help for us.

“There are some things you can't coach, and experience is one of those things, and he definitely brings that to the table.”

The left-hander threw for the Orioles and several other teams last week in Fort Myers, Fla.

Baltimore hasn't officially commented on a possible minor-league deal for Santana, who last pitched in the majors in 2012 for the Mets.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner had a second operation on his left shoulder last year.

Around the league

The Rangers claimed infielder Andy Parrino off waivers from the Athletics and placed left-handed pitcher Derek Holland on the 60-day disabled list while he recovers from surgery on his left knee. Holland is eligible to return to the roster on May 29. ... CC Sabathia chatted about pitching with lesser velocity with former Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte. Pettitte arrived in Yankees camp Monday and will stay through Wednesday as a guest instructor. Among the first things he did was watch Sabathia's morning bullpen session.

 

 
 


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