It’s anyone’s guess as to whether fans will see designated hitters in the National League or three-batter minimum relief pitchers anytime soon, but there is one change that will be implemented in Major League Baseball this season.
ESPN reported Thursday that the league would change the name of its disabled list to the “injured list.” MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem told ESPN the name change was suggested by disability advocacy groups who wanted to make it clear that being disabled didn’t stop someone from competing in sports.
The name change falls in line with other professional sports leagues that typically use the word “injury” when designating athletes who are unable to play. The NFL has its weekly injury report and also uses “injured reserve” and “physically unable to perform” designations. The NBA has an inactive list and the NHL also uses the term “injured reserve.”
Although it has undergone a name change, no other modifications have been made to the baseball injured list for 2019.