Football remains the flash point for the still-evolving discussion of concussions and brain injuries in American sports. Last week saw the latest development, as litigation involving thousands of former players coalesced into a master complaint against the NFL.
The issue is less prevalent in baseball, where the risk of neurologic injury is dramatically lower. But the awareness of concussions -- and how to handle them -- has grown in Major League Baseball training rooms, front offices and dugouts.
The seven-day concussion disabled list, instituted last year, has improved player safety by reducing ambiguity in handling possible brain injuries. And stories of notable players who returned recently from concussions -- Cleveland's Carlos Santana last week, Baltimore's Brian Roberts this week -- illustrate just how stringent the sport's protocols have become.
According to data maintained by Major League Baseball, 11 players were placed on the disabled list last year because ...