MLB creates 7-day DL for concussions


MLB creates 7-day DL for concussions

By MaureenMullen

FORT MYERS, Fla. Major League Baseball and the players union announced a new set of rules Tuesday for dealing with concussions, including the creation of a new seven-day disabled list for players with concussions.

The protocols include:

Mandatory baseline testing for all players and umpires,
New steps for evaluating players who may have suffered a concussion,
New guidelines for returning to action.

That's good said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Obviously they're trying to take care of the players. It seems, from first blush, like a common-sense decision, which is, if you're trying to take care of the players, that's good.

"If a guy has a concussion, you got to take care of him. You'd have to DL him, anyway."

The new guidelines go into effect on Opening Day. Each team will also have to designate a specialist who deals with mild brain injuries to evaluate players and umpires when necessary.

The new DL is in addition to the current 15- and 60-day DLs.

I just like the idea of a seven-day DL, said Rays manager Joe Maddon. A lot of times you get those tweener injuries and what happens is, you have a guy sitting on the bench for four or five days and youre playing a man short. Thats when you really chance getting somebody hurt. I like it.

I would have no problem if it was expanded for legitimate reasons. I think its a good timeframe. You get hung up short and its not time to DL somebody. You think they might be ready in a week. It tests your roster for sure, but youre definitely playing with 24. Im all for it.

"If its a concussion, itd normally take more than seven days, I would think, if youre truly going to pay attention to a head injury. I would imagine, off the top of my head, no pun intended, that its going to be a longer than a seven-day stint on the DL. I like the idea of the 7-day DL for that little thing thats bothering somebody that permits you to stay at full strength and not hurt somebody else in the process."

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.