Probably the downvote because, as indicated (albeit somewhat indirectly), the response concerns unix grep(1), not perl grep, so the comma is not needed. Were it to be in perl, and had the file been read into an array using @file = <>, then grep /\[l\]/, @file would be correct, but from the command line, it ain't.
However, the original response is also wrong: since we're on the command line, the slashes are read as part of the regular expression, not as a pattern delimiter, so what you actually want is either
open FH, "filename" or die "couldn't open file.\n";
@filename = <>;
print grep /\[l\]/,@filename;