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Roster limit of 13 pitchers to start Monday

Jun 12, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Toronto Blue Jays pitchers walk to the bullpen before the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After two years, Major League Baseball will start enforcing the 13-pitcher limit on active rosters beginning Monday, The Athletic reported.

MLB rosters were expanded from 25 to 26 players to start the 2020 season, which is also when the 13-pitcher limit was supposed to go into effect. But because of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and the residual impact of less games that season, the rule has been put on hold.

According to the report, team general managers and assistant general managers received notice Thursday that the rule will be implemented Monday.

After this year’s shortened spring training, and delayed start to the regular season because of the owner-imposed lockout, a pitcher limit was not enforced. Originally, the 13-pitcher limit was supposed to start May 2, but it was extended to 14 on two occasions and will end on June 19.

Before the season, MLB and the union agreed to 28-player rosters, up from 26, through May 1. The agreement was struck out of health concerns for players coming out of a shortened spring training after a 99-day lockout.

The rosters shrank back to 26 on May 2.

–Field Level Media