Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer could begin a rehab assignment in a week to 10 days, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Cuddyer has been on the disabled list since June 6 after suffering a broken left shoulder socket. He hasn’t been able to hit in the batting cage yet, but he has hit off a tee along with running and fielding drills.
Cuddyer, 35, is in the last year of a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Rockies. He led the National League in batting average last season at .331 and went on the disabled list having similar success in 131 plate appearances, slashing .317/.366/.500. As the Rockies have a surplus of outfielders, as well as Nolan Arenado at third base and Justin Morneau at first base, they may not have interest in bringing the veteran back into the fold for the 2015 season. As a result, Cuddyer will likely be using the final month-plus to audition for a new suitor.
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.