Is there a date/time for tracking when players were optioned to the minors? I know the rule is they have to stay for 10 days, but I dont see a date listed to keep track of that.
Just for fun I tried recalling a player from the minors (who hasnt been there for 10 days) expecting to see an error of some sort, but the system happily let me do it. Is that just because it is still considered "spring" so the roster is more flexible? Or am I just missing something?
I've always gotten the impression the system stores your number of historical DL-eligible players on your 40 man, then allows you a number of call-ups equivalent to that. Note that in MLB teams can waive the 10 day demotion wait when a player goes on the DL (the Dodgers appear to actually do this as something of a strategy).
The upshot of this is I wouldn't demote and recall a guy just because you can right now. At some point, the system will block you.
Arne can definitely chime in if it's otherwise. I've never seen the code, so this is just a hunch I've developed.