What’s a disabled list?

The Red Sox have been winning lately, but they seem to be running out of pitchers. They have 4 on the disabled list:

M. Clement SP Jun 15 15-day Right shoulder strain
K. Foulke RP Jun 12 15-day Right elbow tendinitis
D. Wells SP May 27 15-day Right knee soreness
L. DiNardo SP/RP May 22 60-day Neck strain

Which made me wonder – what the heck does a 15-day disabled list mean when someone’s been on it since May? Wikipedia to the rescue:

There are two types of DL: the 15 day and the 60 day (previously there was also a 21 day DL). Players may be put on either list and may not rejoin the team until the associated number of days has elapsed. However, a player’s time on the DL may exceed the specified number of days.

I’ll finally see my first game of the season Tuesday night when the A’s play the Red Sox. Go Sox!

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