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Friday, April 28, 2017

Are MLB Teams Gaming the New 10-Day DL System? – The Ringer

There’s another reason it’s probably too soon to pass judgement on the 10-day DL: If we do see stretching of what constitutes an “injury,” some of it will likely be done in the name of preventing fatigue. “Fatigue” needn’t be a BS justification for a DL stint; as former Dodgers head athletic trainer and VP of medical services Stan Conte says, “Many people think the 10-day DL will be [used] to rest players with the idea that this will reduce injuries overall, since many of us think fatigue is a cause of injuries. This is especially [true] for starting pitchers.” (According to data from the Baseball Prospectus Transaction Browser, 61.3 percent of the players on the 10-day DL this year have been pitchers; 56.0 percent of players who spent any time on the DL last year were pitchers.)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 44 comment(s)
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

10-day DL brings new strategic measures | MLB.com

“I think if a guy has something you think is a seven-day thing,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said, “when you’re weighing that, you’re like, ‘I can go eight days without this guy or three days.’ If we think he’s going to miss five, six, seven days, with the 10-day DL, you may [put him on the disabled list] right away and instantly get another player.”
As Cubs manager Joe Maddon put it, “If you know it’s going to be 10 days and you’ll get him for that other five, you’ll go ahead and do it. That and the [adoption of] the seven-day DL for concussions [in 2011] were good moves.”

What’s less clear—and certainly more sensitive, given the strategy involved—is how much teams will use the 10-day DL to play with pitchers’ schedules.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, injuries

 

 

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