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A rehab assignment is used for a player on the disabled list who needs some conditioning before playing in a major-league game. The player must agree to the assignment as clubs are normally forbidden from assigning players on the DL to the minors. Position players may spend up to 20 days on a rehab assignment while pitchers’ assignments can last as long as 30 days.
How Do Rehab Assignments Affect Players and Minor League Clubs?
MLB players who are on rehab assignments continue to accrue service time as they did while they were on the DL since they are still on the DL. Players also continue to collect MLB salaries from their parent clubs, and when traveling are afforded MLB-level hotel accommodations and meal and tips allowances.
Each minor league club can take up to three rehabbing MLB players. These players do not count towards their roster limits.
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