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Major League Baseball's 2022 regular season will get underway on Thursday afternoon, when the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs at 2:20 p.m. ET. Before baseball's return, commissioner Rob Manfred took some time during an interview with ESPN's SportsCenter to address some rule changes that could be installed ahead of Opening Day 2023, including the incorporation of a pitch clock.

"I don't want to prejudge the process as far as handicapping it. I will say this: We've experimented extensively with the pitch clock in the minor leagues," Manfred said. "It does help in terms of the pace of the game. It does help also in terms of the way the game is played, meaning more action, so it is something that remains high on the priority list of ownership." 

Instituting a pitch clock would be one of three major potential changes made to the rulebook ahead of the 2023 season. The other two involve increasing the size of the bases (for health and safety purposes, as well as perhaps rekindling teams' appetite for the stolen base) and placing limitations on defensive shifts so as to create more opportunities for hitters' batted balls to find holes.

All of those proposed changes will be weighed by a newly formed committee that includes active players, league-appointed personnel, and an umpire. 

Of course, fans who are craving change won't have to wait until 2023. MLB's franchise owners recently approved several rule tweaks that are in effect for this season.  Chief among them is the introduction of the "Ohtani Rule," named after Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. In short, pitchers who are listed as their team's DH will be allowed to remain in the lineup even after they're removed from the mound. 

Teams are also permitted a 28-player roster until May 2, after which they'll have to reduce their rosters to 26 players. At that point, teams will not be allowed to carry more than 13 pitchers, as a means of pushing back against strategies that see teams burn through pitchers at a pace that causes lengthier games.