NEW YORK — Use of baseball’s shortest disabled list increased by 21 percent this year, the first season of its shortened length.
There were 626 uses of the 10-day DL this season, up from 512 placements on the 15-day DL last season, according to the commissioner’s office.
Use of the 60-day DL was just about the same at 45, up from 43 in 2016.
Some clubs used the 10-day DL to add players around the time of the four-day All-Star break by disabling starting pitchers after their outings.
“I think the concept of a 10-day DL was a good one,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said at the All-Star break. “It gave clubs additional flexibility to deal with injuries.”
“Unfortunately, and we saw some of this right around the All-Star break, any new rule, our guys figure out a way to manage to it,” he added. “I don’t like some of the activity that’s gone on in terms of the use of the 10-day DL and we’re having conversations about that internally.”
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