Henderson Alvarez leaves start with elbow soreness

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Being a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays is a pretty dangerous profession at the moment.

According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Henderson Alvarez left tonight’s start against the Red Sox in the sixth inning with soreness in his throwing elbow.

Alvarez is the fourth Blue Jays’ starter to leave a game due to injury in the past two weeks, joining Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. Ridiculous.

Has anybody checked on Ricky Romero? I’m worried. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Alex Anthopoulous to transfer him to a secure underground bunker at an undisclosed location.

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.