As we also reported back in October Major League Baseball has instituted a concussion specific disabled list. Previously the shortest stint was a 15 day version, putting the teams in limbo with players that had a concussion. As we have seen with research a vast majority of those concussed recover in a 7-10 day time frame, this would have precluded teams in MLB from putting a player on the DL. Essentially playing a man-down until the player recovered, or it was determined that the resolution of the injury would be longer than 15 days.
The new DL and guidelines is definitely a good thing for awareness, and it should allow more teams to be transparent with the concussion episode.
“The one thing you don’t want to do is put someone in position the day after or two days later all of a sudden by saying, ‘Are you feeling OK?”’ Morneau said. “The worst thing you can do with a concussion is rush back to play. You’re diagnosed and you have a week and if it clears up like most people hope it does and they usually do, with most people it’s short-term, that’s the best-case scenario.”
In my opinion this will now allow all concussions to immediately addressed in MLB, Continue reading