Miguel Olivo had to be helped off the field last night after suffering a groin injury, saying afterward that it was worse than the groin injury that caused him to miss three weeks last spring.
Olivo told Greg Johns of MLB.com that he “felt a pop” while trying to make a play at first base on a ball hit in front of the plate and “I know it’s not going to be easy.”
Fortunately for the Mariners they have excellent catching depth, with rookie Jesus Montero and former Rays starter John Jaso ready to split time behind the plate. In fact, prior to Olivo’s injury they had used Jaso exclusively as a designated hitter.
Montero began last night’s game at DH, with Jaso on the bench, but then shifted behind the plate following Olivo’s injury and later homered. Olivo has hit just .210 with a .575 OPS and his usual league-leading passed ball count, so it’s not exactly a huge downgrade for Seattle.
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.