What does IL stand for in major league baseball?

Injured list

IL is a sports acronym that stands for "Injured list," which is the list MLB players are put on by their teams when they are injured and unable to play. Players put on the list may be designated for 10 days or 60 days depending on the severity of the injury and the required amount of recovery time.

IL used to be known as DL, which stands for "Disabled list," but was changed to IL at the beginning of the 2019 season. The name was changed due to complaints from disability advocacy groups about the assumption that disabled people cannot compete in sports.

When a team places a player on the IL it opens up a spot on their roster, allowing another player to be added. Teams typically add players via promotion of a minor league player, signing or trading for a player, or activating a player who just recovered from an injury and is coming off the IL.

Also, players placed on the 10-day IL can be moved to the 60-day IL, but a player placed on the 60-day IL may not be placed on the 10-day IL. Instead, the player must fulfill his time on the 60-day IL before he can be moved to a roster.

NOTE: IL is only used by the MLB, whereas the NFL and NHL use IR.


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Updated November 20, 2019

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