Brandon Inge’s groin injury is healed enough that he’s scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Inge will serve as Toledo’s designated hitter tonight before moving to second base Wednesday and Thursday, at which point he might be cleared to come off the disabled list.
Inge is eligible to return Saturday because his DL stint was backdated and with Miguel Cabrera moved to third base his best chance for regular playing time would be at second base, where Ryan Raburn has started twice and Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth have started once apiece.
Inge, who’s generally been an excellent defensive third baseman, has never played second base in a big-league game. He’s also hit just .227 with a .684 OPS during the past five seasons.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.