disabled list


plural disabled lists
US, baseball
: a list of players on a baseball team who are unable to play because of injury or illness and are removed from the active roster : injured list
usually used with the
With three veterans on the disabled list, the A's are carrying five rookies on their pitching staff.Herm Weiskopf
abbreviation DL

Note: In early 2019, Major League Baseball announced that it would be officially using injured list instead of disabled list in order to avoid any implication that people with disabilities are injured and therefore unable to participate in sports.

Examples of disabled list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time of the trade, Holtzman had challenged the Yankees’ decision to put him on the 21-day disabled list for an ailing back. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2024 Kelly was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 18 with a lower back strain. Marc Bona, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2023 Ashcraft, who has struggled significantly over the past month, gets the next two weeks to regroup after the Reds put him on the 15-day disabled list with the calf bruise suffered in the third inning of Thursday’s start against the Dodgers. Gordon Wittenmyer, The Enquirer, 10 June 2023 The Red Sox placed pitcher Garrett Whitlock on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow ulnar neuritis Friday. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disabled list was in 1881

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“Disabled list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disabled%20list. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

disabled list

: a list of players on a team who are unable to play because of injury or illness
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