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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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday


Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.