Post-Season Roster Eligibility

A club's Post-Season Eligibility List is established at midnight (Eastern) on August 31st.
CoViD-19 EXCEPTION: A club's 2020 Post-Season Eligibility List will be established on September 15th.  

A club's Active List (26-man roster) must be submitted to the MLB Commissioner prior to the start of the first game of each post-season series (Wild Card game, LDS, LCS, and World Series).
CoViD-19 EXCEPTION: The post-season Active List roster limit will be 28 in 2020.  

A club's Active List can be changed (tweaked) prior to the start of the first game of each series (WC, LDS, LCS, and WS). 

1. A player who received a suspension for violation of the MLB-MLBPA Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program (player tested positive for a prohibited substance) prior to the start of Spring Training, during Spring Training, during the regular season, or during a post-season series (Wild Card, LDS, LCS, or World Series), is ineligible to play in any MLB or minor league post-season game(s) or series in that season, even if the player has completed serving the suspension. 

2. Any player on the Disqualified List, Ineligible List, Voluntary Retired List, or Restricted List (for any reason other than being placed on Administrative Leave pending investigation of a possible violation of the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse policy or extended Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency Leave) as of midnight (Eastern) on August 31st or who is placed on the Disqualified List, Ineligible List, Voluntary Retired List, or Restricted List anytime after midnight (Eastern) on August 31st is ineligible to be included on a Post-Season Eligibility List that season. 
CoViD-19 ERXCEPTION: A club's 2020 Post-Season Eligibility List is established at midnight (Eastern) on September 15th. 

3. All other players on a club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), MLB 60-day Injured List, and Military List prior to midnight (Eastern) on August 31st are automatically placed on a club's Post-Season Eligibility List and are eligible to be included on a post-season series Active List (25-man roster), but a player on an MLB 60-day Injured List who otherwise would be eligible to be included on a Post-Season Eligibility List is NOT eligible to be included until the player has spent at least 60 days on the Injured List, and a player on the MLB 60-day Injured List is NOT eligible to play in a post-season series until the player has spent at least 60 days on the Injured List AND the player has been reinstated from the 60-day Injured List.
CoViD-19 ERXCEPTION: A club's 2020 Post-Season Eligibility List is established at midnight (Eastern) on September 15th. 

4. A player on a Post-Season Eligibility List at midnight (Eastern) on August 31st must remain on his club's MLB Reserve List, MLB 60-day Injured List, and/or Military List continuously throughout the remainder of the MLB regular season and post-season in order to be automatically included on his club's Post-Season Eligibility List. If a player is sent outright to the minors after midnight (Eastern) on August 31st, he is no longer automatically eligible to be included on a Post-Season Eligibility List.
CoViD-19 ERXCEPTION: A club's 2020 Post-Season Eligibility List is established at midnight (Eastern) on September 15th. 

5. A "27th player" (must be a catcher) may (with approval of the MLB Conmissioner) be listed on a club's Active List for the LDS, LCS, or World Series as a replacement for a catcher who is suffering from an acute concussion. The catcher who suffered the concussion would be eligible to return to his club's Active List after seven days (even if it is prior to the conclusion of the series) at which point the "26th player" (the extra catcher) must be deactivated.
CoViD-19 EXCEPTION: A 29th player (must be a catcher) may (with approval of the MLB Conmissioner) be listed on a club's Active List for the LDS, LCS, or World Series as a replacement for a catcher who is suffering from an acute concussion. The catcher who suffered the concussion would be eligible to return to his club's Active List after seven days (even if it is prior to the conclusion of the series) at which point the "29th player" (the extra catcher) must be deactivated.

6. A post-season eligible player who is placed on the Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List or on the Paternity List during a post-season series can (with approval of the MLB Commissioner) be replaced by another player on the club's Post-Season Eligibility List (a pitcher must replace a pitcher and a position player must replace a position player, but it is not necessary for a catcher to replace a catcher, an infielder to replace and infielder, or an outfielder to replace an outfielder), as long as the absent player is reinstated after no more than seven days (for a player on the Beareavement/Family Medical Emergency List) or after no more than three days (for a player on the Paternity List). If the series ends before the player is reinstated, he will automatically be reinstated prior to the next series, even if he has not returned to his club. 
NOTE: The absent player is not eligible to be replaced during a series if the player is a pitcher who pitched at least four consecutive innings in a game sometime previous in the series unless at least three days have elapsed since that game.

7. An injured post-season eligible player can (with the approval of the MLB Commissioner) be replaced on his club's Post-Season Eligibility List by a player (regardless of position) who was on an Active List, Reserve List, 60-day Injured List, or Military List of a minor league affiliate from that organization prior to midnight (Eastern) on August 31st, or by a player who was on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), MLB 60-day Injured List, or Military List prior to midnight (Eastern) on August 31st but who was subsequently sent outright to the minors. (In the case of a player who is sent outright to the minors after August 31st, the player must remain on a Reserve List of a minor league affiliate from that organization continuously throughout the remainder of the MLB regular season and post-season in order to be eligible to replace an injured post-season eligible player).
CoViD-19 ERXCEPTION: A club's 2020 Post-Season Eligibility List is established at midnight (Eastern) on September 15th. 

8. A minor league player who replaces an injured player on the Post-Season Eligibility List must have his contract selected and be placed on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) before he can be placed on the club's Post-Season Eligibility List. If the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) is full, a player must be removed (traded, released, or sent outright to the minors) from the club's MLB Reserve List to make room for the replacement player. 
NOTE: A player cannot be placed on the MLB 60-day Injured List after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, so placing an injured player on the MLB 60-day Injured List during the post-season to make room on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) for a post-season minor league replacement player is not an option.

9. A post-season eligible player who is injured during a post-season series (LDS, LCS, or World Series) can (with the approval of the MLB Commissioner) be replaced during the series by another player on the club's Post-Season Eligibility List, or by a player who was on an Active List, Reserve List, 60-day Injured List, or Military List of a minor league affiliate from that organization prior to midnight (Eastern) on August 31st, or by a player who was on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), MLB 60-day Injured List, or Military List prior to midnight (Eastern) on August 31st but who was subsequently sent outright to the minors. (In the case of a player who is sent outright to the minors after August 31st, the player must remain on a Reserve List of a minor league affiliate from that organization continuously throughout the remainder of the MLB regular season and post-season in order to be eligible to replace an injured post-season eligible player). An injured player replaced during a post-season series is ineligible to be reinstated to his club's Active List (25-man roster) for the balance of that series and the next series (LCS or World Series). Also, a pitcher must replace a pitcher and a position player must replace a position player. However, it is NOT necessary for a catcher to replace a catcher, an infielder to replace an infielder, or an outfielder to replace an outfielder. 
NOTE: If the injured player suffered an acute concussion, the injured player is eligible to be reinstated to his club's Active List after seven days even if the next post-season series is still in progress. 

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  • Cubster 11 min 9 sec ago (view)

    Hoerner up, Gomes to IL. Schwindel to backup catcher.

     

  • Childersb3 5 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Phil,

    I apologize for not being knowledgable enough to find this answer on my own, but when is the earliest date that Alec Mills can come off the 60 day IL? I know he can have a long rehab as well, so my second question is what is his latest date he could come off the 60IL? So, what's his return date range? I trying to figure out if it's even 40man roster possible/plausible for Kilian to get added to 40 to pitch next Monday vs Brewers.

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated!

     

  • Cubster 6 hours 50 min ago (view)

    KB is back on the IL with exacerbation of the same low back injury. Sigh. 

     

  • DavidP 17 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Phil - it is obvious that Christian Hernandez is tearing things up, and altuve and Balistros look promising, but has there been any others that have surprised you among the pitchers or the rest of the offense down there?

     

  • crunch 20 hours 16 min ago (view)

    this reds team is so hopelessly terrible they have mahle out there in the 5th with 100+ pitches, 6 runs given up, and no outs yet.

    ...and he's done with 103 pitches, leaving with 0 outs and men on 1st/2nd

     

  • crunch 20 hours 26 min ago (view)

    nice.

    i was looking forward to the hoerner/madrigal "hoes mad" middle IF.

     

  • Cubster 20 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Schwizdom?

     

  • crunch 21 hours 34 min ago (view)

    "nice first inning." - cubster

    "yeah, okay, whatever.  hold my beer." - stroman

     

  • Cubster 21 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Nice first inning. Gomes out with oblique strain, Schwindel is today's backup catcher.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 38 sec ago (view)

    small sample size blah blah etc...

    watching morel is like flashing back to 2016-era cubs and their joy + aggression on the field.  he would have fit in well with that cubs era.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 4 min ago (view)

    pre-game lineup shakeup...yan gomes scratched (left oblique tightness) and lineup rearranged.

    morel leading off, ortega moves to hitting 2nd, and schwindel 5th

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 min ago (view)

    may 24th...

    our leadoff hitter has a .315 ob% and the #2 hitter is sporting a solid .262 ob%

    121 games to go.

    season ends with 6 in a row vs CIN.  i dunno if anything in the dumpster will be left to keep a flame going.  sad thing is by that point it may actually be better quality baseball.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Phil, does Rafael Morel have some potential to join his big brother?

     

  • tim815 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    You answered your own question. Trades create promotions. Other things might not.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Like the ACL, the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day will be June 6th, and also like the ACL, the DSL regular season concludes on August 23. All DSL games will be played in the morning. The Cubs will once again be running two teams (Red and Blue), with a maximum of 35 players on each squad. DSL games will be played Monday through Saturday with Sundays off, and a few Wednesdays will be off days as well. 60 games total in DSL (ACL teams play 55, because they have all Wednesdays off). 

     

  • K Dub 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil is not only an intrepid reporter who will allow nothing to stop his coverage of Cubs complex baseball, but he's also a reknown wordsmith. In his lastest article, Phil employed 10 different ways to describe the impact of bat to ball while repeating nary a one. 

    In order: blasted, drilled, blooped, belted, hammered, crushed, roped, laced, slugged and ripped. 

    Good work outta you, young man. Your English teachers would be proud.