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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

March 29, 2011 at 3:41 PM

New 7-day concussion DL is a positive step

Just arrived in Los Angeles to cover tomorrow’s Mariner-Dodger exhibition game at Dodger Stadium, the final tuneup before the opener Friday in Oakland. At baggage claim, I ran into Ron Fairly, who is here for the same purpose.

I just saw the story about the new MLB guidelines regarding concussions, which includes the formation of a 7-day disabled list for head injuries, effective Opening Day. This is a brilliant innovation, because it gives teams an outlet to sideline players who suffered concussions that might not be serious enough for the 15-day disabled list. That removes the hesitancy to put a player on the 15-day disabled list if the team didn’t believe he’d be out that long.

The sports world is finally waking up to the reality that concussions are serious business. Baseball has been hit hard in recent years. Corey Koskie had his career ended by a concussion, and Jason Bay and Justin Morneau both missed considerable time last year because of concussions.

There are others, and baseball is to be commended for these proactive measures. The fact that union and management worked together to come up with the new guidelines is another encouraging factor for the upcoming labor negotiations.

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