7-day DL

Definition

Introduced in the 2011 season, the 7-day disabled list was created specifically for players with concussion symptoms. Previously, the disabled list -- or "DL" -- had only two iterations: the 15-day DL and the 60-day DL. Major League Baseball instituted the shorter version of the DL to prevent a player with concussion symptoms from being rushed back before he is ready, while also allowing a player who passes concussion tests to return after only seven days rather than 15. The decision to change the 15-day DL to the 10-day DL -- as per the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement -- will not affect the parameters of the 7-day DL.

Players may be placed on the 7-day DL "retroactively," meaning the DL stint is backdated to the day after the last date on which the player appeared in a game. For instance, if a player is diagnosed with a concussion on May 12 but last played on May 9, he could be placed on the 7-day DL on May 12 retroactive to May 10. In that case, he would be eligible to return from the disabled list on May 17. A 7-day DL stint cannot be backdated by more than five days.

Example

On May 16, 2015, the Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 7-day DL due to concussion symptoms and a cervical strain in his neck. Morneau was transferred to the 15-day DL later that month before being moved to the 60-day DL in July. If this had occurred under the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Morneau could have been transferred to the 10-day DL after nine days on the 7-day DL.

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