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“The problem that baseball had with the 15-day disabled list was that the clubs were reluctant to put a player on it for 15 days if he could be back in seven days,” Halem said. “So some players who maybe should have been on the disabled list probably weren’t.”

Committee member Rick McWane, head athletic trainer for the Twins, said one of the goals was to take the onus off the player.

“You try to take as much off the player as possible, to try to be a hero, to try to shake it off,” McWane said. “That’s just not acceptable.”

The committee met at the winter meetings in December and held numerous conference calls before finishing their proposal. It was submitted to Selig, who approved it, and then sent to the players’ union before it was put into effect.

“Player safety is a major concern of the collective bargaining parties, and these new protocols and procedures should enhance our ongoing efforts to protect the health of players and umpires,” MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner said in a statement.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi welcomed the new list, saying it will give the team and the player more options in the event of a concussion.

“I like it,” Girardi said. “Sometimes that two or three days, or four or five, where a guy can’t play really can put you in a hole when you don’t want to sit him down 15 days. So, I think it’s great.”

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon wondered if a player really could recover from a concussion in seven days and said he would love to use the shorter DL for “little tweener injuries.”

“I like the idea of the seven-day DL for that little thing that’s bothering somebody that permits you to stay at full strength and not hurt somebody else in the process,” he said.

But baseball officials are adamant that this list is for concussions only, and they are taking steps to prevent abuse of the system. McWane said the team will have to submit a report to Green with as much detail as possible, including any available video of when the injury occurred, to prove that the player does have a concussion and not, say, a pulled hamstring.

“I think it takes some getting used to because what you don’t want to have anyone do is manipulate the rule,” Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren said. “I think this winter we finally got comfortable with the fact that it is necessary and we’re not going to manipulate it. No one is going to try to manipulate it. If a guy has a concussion, he has a concussion.”


AP Sports Writers David Ginsburg in Baltimore and Charles Odum in Atlanta, and AP freelance writers Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., Amy Jinkner-Lloyd in Atlanta and Maureen Mullen in Fort Myers, Fla., contributed to this report.