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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