One noted, but mostly undiscussed, change in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was a reduction in the minimum stay on the disabled list. Where DL’d players previously had to be out at least 15 days, that limit is now just 10 days. In theory, the change is player-friendly, as it will allow teams to place players on the disabled list for less severe injuries without having to lose those extra five days of availability (and then suffer the consequences if a player comes back from an injury too soon, or degrades in performance down the stretch from the accumulated toll of unrested nicks and scrapes).
Over the course of a season, then, it’s possible this change will lead to healthier players overall, and a net of more games played by regulars.
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