Marco Estrada expected to miss 3-4 starts for Brewers

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Marco Estrada’s first-inning double yesterday extended the Brewers’ lead to 6-0, but the Milwaukee starter couldn’t stick around to benefit from the run support because he suffered a quadriceps injury on the play and immediately exited the game.

Estrada has been diagnosed with a strained quadriceps–not a hip injury, as initially reported–and general manager Doug Melvin said during a radio interview this morning that the team expects him to miss at least 3-4 starts.

Estrada is only in the rotation to begin with because of Chris Narveson’s season-ending shoulder surgery, so the Brewers are thin on starter reinforcements and it’s unclear yet who’ll take his spot. If they opt against promoting a prospect from the minors moving Manny Parra from the bullpen to the rotation could be the plan.

Through five starts Estrada had a 4.97 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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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.