Restricted List

The Restricted List is essentially an excused but unpaid absence, although a club can pay the player while he is on the Restricted List if the club so chooses.

A player on the Restricted List does not count against his club's Active List or Reserve List, and a player who is on the Restricted List for any reason other than a suspension for violation of the ban on the use of a prohibited substance does not accrue Service Time while on the Restricted List. (A player who is suspended for violation of the ban on the use of a prohibited substance is automatically placed on the Restricted List by MLB, and the suspended player does accrue MLB or minor league service time if placed on the Restricted List for this reason).

Besides a suspension related to a violation of the ban on the use of a prohibited substance, other reasons why a player might be placed on the Restricted List would include an absence due to an illness or death in the family where the absence exceeds the seven-day Bereavement List limit, failing to report to Spring Training, or if a player is serving a prison sentence, or is attending college or pursuing a career in another sport or profession, or if a player from a foreign country is unable to secure a U. S. work visa.

A player who is on the Restricted List as the result of a suspension related to a violation of the ban on the use of a prohibited substance is not eligible to participate in post-season play (LDS, LCS, and World Series, and/or minor league playoffs) until he has finished serving his suspension and has been reinstated from the Restricted List, and post-season games (LDS, LCS, and World Series, and minor league playoffs) and Spring Training games missed while on the Restricted List do not count toward the number of games required to be missed by the player in order to complete the suspension. 

A player who is on the Restricted List as the result of a suspension related to a violation of the ban on the use of a prohibited substance may participate in Spring Training, Extended Spring Training, and post-season Instructional Leagues, but a suspended player is not eligible to participate in the Arizona Fall League (AFL).

Prior to being reinstated, an MLB player who is on the Restricted List as the result of a suspension related to a violation of the ban on the use of a prohibited substance may consent to an assignment to a minor league affiliate of his club for no more than five days (eight days for pitchers) if the player is serving a suspension of 25 games or less, or for no more than ten days (15 days for pitchers) if the player is serving a suspension greater than 25 games.

An MLB player who is on the Restricted List for any reason other than extended Bereavement Leave or a suspension for violation of the ban on the use of a prohibited substance cannot be reinstated from the Restricted List from August 1st through October 31st, and a minor league player on the Restricted List for any reason other than extended Bereavement Leave or a suspension for violation of the ban on the use of a prohibited substance cannot be reinstated from the Restricted List from August 1st through the end of his club's season (including post-season).

A player on the Restricted List must be added back to his club's Reserve List within 30 days of reinstatement or when he is placed on the club's Active List (whichever comes first), or by Opening Day of the following season if the player is reinstated during the off season, but if the player is assigned to another club after reinstatement he must be placed on that club's Reserve List immediately.