Indians activate Lou Marson from the disabled list

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Lou Marson is back from the disabled list after missing the minimum 15 days with a neck injury and the Indians have him starting behind the plate today against the White Sox.

Yan Gomes filled in for Marson as Carlos Santana’s backup and homered twice in just six games, but he’s headed back to Triple-A.

Santana, meanwhile, is off to a great start hitting .352 with four homers, seven doubles, and a 1.139 OPS in 15 games. Now that Marson is healthy again it’ll be interesting to see how often the Indians give Santana time off from catching, either by shifting him to designated hitter or giving him a full day off.

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.