Major League Baseball will be renaming the disabled list to the injured list, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The league is making the change out of concern that the term “disabled”for injured players falsely conflates disabilities with injuries and an inability to participate in sports.
MLB clubs were notified of the change by Jeff Pfeiffer, MLB’s sends director of league economics and operations, in December.
“In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the ‘Disabled List,'” Pfeifer wrote via ESPN. “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. 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. All standards and requirements for placement, reinstatement, etc., shall remain unchanged. This change, which is only a rebranding of the name itself, is effective immediately.”
The rules of the injured list remain the same, with a 10-day version for short-term injuries and a 60-day version for more severe ailments. There continue to be discussions between MLB and the MLBPA regarding the length of the list as it was changed from 15 days to 10 days in 2017 as there are concern the latter leads to teams using it for roster manipulation.
Hassan reports MLB asked to re-establish the 15-day list in recent negotiations with the union. The union has expressed interest in 15 days for pitchers and 10 days for position players.