Major League Baseball, along with the Players Association, revealed new roster rules on Thursday.
MLB and the MLBPA jointly announced these rule changes for this season. pic.twitter.com/yYOkO2BCHF— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 31, 2022
The changes include:
- 28-man roster limit through May 1, including 29 for doubleheaders.
- The 13-pitcher roster limit comes into play on May 2; teams will not be limited to 13 pitchers until that date.
- Pitchers will be eligible for placement on a 10-day Injured List through May 1. After that, they will have to be shelved for 15 days, while the 10-day IL will remain an option for position players. The same also applies to option periods, which will bar recall of an optioned pitcher (unless there’s an injury) for 10 days through May 1, and 15 days thereafter. Position players will remain eligible for recall sooner.
- Options prior to May 2 won’t count against the new five-options-in-a-season-before-forced-waivers limit.
In addition to these roster changes, there was also the dreaded announcement of the extra inning rule. Once again, in the event of extra innings, a runner will start on second base. This rule was supposed to only last until the conclusion of the 2021 season, but here we are again.
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