ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Major League Baseball is renaming the “disabled list” to the “injured list.” The league doesn’t want to conflate disability with injuries and an inability to participate in sports.
People generally dislike change, so there’s going to be some initial blowback on this superficial change, but we will all have gotten used to the new terminology by the second week of the regular season.
The rules of the “injured list” will remain the same as they were when it was known as the “disabled list,” at least for now. The Associated Press reported last month that MLB has been considering moving the minimum stint for a player on the now-IL back to 15 days. Passan notes that the MLBPA has suggested a minimum stint of 15 days for pitchers and 10 for position players, since teams have mostly been abusing the 10-day IL to manipulate their rosters.
The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.
Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.
Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.
Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.