Major League Baseball to Rename Disabled List to 'Injured List'

Such is the process of baseball negotiating rule changes every year. The change was brought about by "concern that the term "disabled"...falsely conflates disabilities with injuries and an inability to participate in sports".

Major League Baseball is drawing a line between an injury and a disability with its decision to change the name of the "disabled list".

The Major League Baseball Players Association reportedly proposed a universal designated hitter as part of its back-and-forth with the league regarding rule changes for the upcoming season, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

"In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the "Disabled List", Pfeifer wrote. As a result, Major League Baseball has agreed to change the name "Disabled List" to be the 'Injured List" at both the major and minor league levels. Some people thought it was a good step toward inclusion and an example of a progressive society.

The rules of the DL - which has gone through different incarnations since its institution in 1966 and today includes a 10-day version for short-term injuries and a 60-day version for more severe ailments - will remain the same, the source said. A player on the 10-day IL does not take up a roster spot on the active 25-man roster. The National League created the first "disabled list" in 1915, which allowed players to sit out but retain their roster spot - and, crucially, their salaries - for 10 days.

The "injured list" now includes a 10-day version (changed from a 15-day version in 2017) and a 60-day version that teams can use depending on the severity of a player's injury.

  • Stacy Allen