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The Dodgers are messin' around with the disabled list

Jun 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

When you select someone in the Rule 5 draft, you have to keep him on your active roster or else his old team gets him back. Well, there’s one exception: you can keep a Rule 5 guy if he goes on the DL. And of course, teams would never, ever, ever put an ineffective yet perfectly healthy Rule 5 guy on the DL simply so they wouldn’t have to give them up, right? Perish the thought.

Which is why I’m sure there’s a perfectly good and legal explanation for why the Dodgers’ Rule 5 pick Carlos Monasterios — who was just placed on the DL with a blister and a split fingernail — is saying what he’s saying to the L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez:

How’s the blister?

“It doesn’t affect me,” Monasterios said.

What about the nail?

“There’s nothing wrong with the nail,” he said.

Oh dear, this is worse than I thought. Clearly the real reason the poor man is on the DL isn’t because of his finger or because the Dodgers are totally gaming the Rule 5 system. It’s because he suffers from acute amnesia!

  1. Jonny5 - Jun 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    So, who enforces the rules here in this case? What is the penalty of “loophole-ing” the system?

  2. Matt S. - Jun 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    You’d think after the Mets just gamed the system some other team would be too smart to not try again.

  3. josh - Jun 22, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    You need to keep the player on the active roster for 90 days, however. The Sox ran into that issue with Adam Stern, iirc, a few years ago, and had to keep him on the active roster for about a month before they could option him down.
    Every team does this. I’d be upset if my team didn’t.

  4. josh - Jun 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    You know what really sucks about the new comments? That I can’t do a simple break without code.

    Does that do it? Bah, who cares.

  5. Paper Lions - Jun 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Actually….
    “If chosen in the Rule 5 draft, a player must be kept on the selecting team’s 25-man major league roster for the entire season after the draft—he may not be optioned or designated to the minors. The selecting team may, at any time, waive the Rule 5 draftee. If a Rule 5 draftee clears waivers by not signing with a new MLB team, he must be offered back to the original team, effectively canceling the Rule 5 draft choice. Once a Rule 5 draftee spends an entire season on his new team’s 25-man roster, his status reverts to normal and he may be optioned or designated for assignment.”

  6. Kevin R - Jun 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Yes. Some of the season can be on the DL, though not the entire season. (Assuming Josh is right here and it’s 90 days.) That is the point. There’s no “actually”. If the player spends more time than allowed on the DL during the season, then the player has to stay on the active roster the next season too, until the minimum is required.

  7. josh - Jun 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Paper Lions: You are just quoting wiki where the source isn’t available. But, even so, scroll down and read the next sentence (or paragraph) after the paragraph you quote. I’ll reproduce here, but again it doesn’t have primary source citations because the rules aren’t public (despite SoxProspect’s yoemanlike effort to summarize them):

    “To prevent the abuse of the Rule 5 draft, the rule also states that the draftee must be active for at least 90 days. This keeps teams from drafting players, then placing them on the disabled list for the majority of the season. For example, if a Rule 5 draftee was only active for 67 days in his first season with his new club, he must be active for an additional 23 games in his second season to satisfy the Rule 5 requirements.”

  8. quint - Jun 22, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    It also wouldn’t be the first time a player said a injury didn’t exist or didn’t bother him.
    Didn’t this site just do a few posts on how Utley was probably injured, even though he said he wasn’t?

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