MLB, union agree to 14 pitchers on roster for now

Major league teams may continue to keep as many as 14 pitchers on their active rosters through May 29.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reached agreement on the plan Tuesday.

Before the season, MLB and the union agreed to 28-member rosters, up from 26, and to increase the number of allowed pitchers from 13 to 14 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 will shrink to 26 on May 2 but the option for the additional pitcher will remain a few weeks longer.

Rosters will expand again on Sept. 1, when all teams must have 28 players on the active roster — 29 on days of doubleheaders — through the end of the regular season.

–Field Level Media

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