Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred talks during a news conference prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners on Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Players wore the number 42 to honor th
Alex Gallardo
May 01, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the recent instances of pitchers injuring themselves while batting haven't changed his opinion that the sport benefits from the two leagues playing under different rules.

Before Friday's game between the Cubs and Brewers, Manfred said that ''over the long haul, I'm a status quo person on the DH.''

He adds: ''I think the difference between the two leagues is a source of debate among fans, and I'm a big believer in the idea of when people are talking about baseball it's a good thing.''

Manfred also says he was surprised by the controversy around the Cubs' delay in promoting top prospect Kris Bryant. He notes that ''this has been an issue that has been discussed and vetted at the bargaining table for multiple rounds.''

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