Major League Baseball to rename disabled list as 'injured list'

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Such is the process of baseball negotiating rule changes every year. "The principal concern is that using the term 'disabled" for players who are injured supports the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in sports. There has also been talk about expanding rosters to 26, extending time a player can be on the disabled list, but the two biggest rule changes are the three-batter minimum for pitchers and a universal DH.

Heeding the words of disability rights advocates, Major League Baseball has renamed the roster designation for players recovering from injury.

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.

The disabled list is going on the permanent DL.

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Per ESPN's report, rules regarding length will remain unchanged. It's the "injured reserve list" in NFL and NHL, the "inactive list" in the NBA. The current DL includes a 10-day version for short-term injuries and a longer 60-day version.

The NBA places injured players on the inactive list, while the National Hockey League and NFL both have injured reserve lists. Also on the list of rules under consideration is moving away from multiple trade deadlines - now there is a non-waiver deadline in July, plus the waivers-required date a month later.

Major League Baseball and the players' union have discussed in recent years reviving the 15-day distinction for pitchers, who are the subject of more roster reconfiguration than position players.

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