60-day Injured List

Definition

The 60-day injured list (known as the 60-day disabled list until the end of the 2018 season) is the longest of the three injured lists in Major League Baseball. Players placed on the 60-day injured must remain on it for a minimum of 60 days and are temporarily removed from a club's 40-man roster, which often makes the list a last resort for clubs.

If a club doesn't need a 40-man roster spot to replace an injured player, the player may be kept on the 10-day injured longer than 60 days rather than being transferred to the 60-day injured list. That way, the club won't need to risk losing another player by going through the process to clear a spot on the 40-man roster when the injured player is ready to return.

History

After the 2018 season, the 7-day disabled list (or "DL"), 10-day disabled list and 60-day disabled list were renamed, becoming the 7-day injured list, the 10-day injured list and the 60-day injured list.

The decision to change the 15-day injured list to the 10-day injured list after the 2016 season did not affect the parameters of the 7-day injured list or the 60-day injured list.

Impending rule change that will go into effect at the start of the 2020 season

Beginning in 2020, the 15-day injured list will be restored, replacing the 10-day injured list as the shortest option for non-concussion injuries.

Example

In April 2017, the Cincinnati Reds claimed Tyler Goeddel off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. In order to clear a spot for Goeddel on the 40-man roster, the Reds transferred Anthony DeSclafani from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. The Reds subsequently optioned Goeddel to Triple-A Louisville.