Actually release waivers can be requested on an injured player anytime:
Just as an addendum, this still doesn't relieve pressure on the 40 man this offseason. The first act of the offseason will be removing Hughes (and May and O'Rourke) from the 60 day DL. I have no idea what rules there might be to releasing Hughes at that time. I know he can't be released while on the DL - hence Sandoval being activated and then released. But there is no DL in the offseason.
Sandoval was DFA'd. And it's possible they may want to outright him to the minors (with his permission), which can't be done to an injured player.
Outright Release Waivers cannot be requested on a player while he is on the Bereavement List, Military List, Suspended List, Disqualified List, or Ineligible List
Edited by spycake, 18 July 2017 - 06:03 PM.