From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on May 11, 2017:
This past offseason, MLB negotiated with the Players Association over a new collective bargaining agreement. Although it was one of the more minor changes from the new agreement, one issue included shortening the 15-day disabled list to 10 days. Despite being minor, this change has proven to transform how teams are treating player injuries and the disabled list this season as compared to last.
With the offseason change, teams have taken to putting players on the disabled list more often this season than they did last season within the first month of play. Through April 2017, teams put 174 total players on the disabled list, which is an increase from the 148 total players that teams put on the disabled list through April 2016. This 26-player difference between the first month of play of each season suggests that teams are not hesitating to put players on the disabled list with the new rule change.
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Originally published: May 11, 2017. Last Updated: May 11, 2017.