Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after being struck on the head by Alfonso Soriano’s backswing Tuesday night.
d’Arnaud actually stayed in the game, but had a headache afterward and then underwent further testing. As manager Terry Collins summarized the situation yesterday: “We’re very, very cautious and he is not feeling 100 percent.”
Triple-A catcher Juan Centeno got the call-up to replace d’Arnaud on the roster and will back up Anthony Recker.
d’Arnaud was off to a poor start before the injury, hitting just .196 in 31 games after batting .202 in 31 games during his big-league debut last season.
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.