One of the biggest changes to this MLB season is the newly negotiated 10 day DL. The change from 15 to 10 days was made mostly to accommodate starting pitchers so they would theoretically only miss one start . This rule change might be great for players and managers who acquire a number of minor dings and dents over a 6-month season, but is currently wrecking havoc on fantasy rosters.
With a shorter DL time managers are less concerned about star players missing more games than needed and we have seen an influx of not only pitchers but position players with “smaller injures” hit the DL.
158 players had been placed on the 10-day DL through this April 25, through the same date last season 140 players had been placed on the 15-day DL with at least 2 more prominent names going down today in Felix Hernandez and early breakout Mitch Haniger.
Although these numbers may seem small and it is hard to predict at what time a year injuries occur so correlation studies can be unreliable, it certainly appears that the rule change is having its intended effects giving managers an easier decision when dealing with injuries and I believe we can count on seeing a continued rise of players to hit the shelf throughout the long season.