From WFAN beat reporter Sweeny Murti …
McCann wound up missing eight days with a concussion that he suffered last Friday night when he took a Mike Aviles foul-tip off his catcher’s mask. The 30-year-old backstop has been a major disappointment in his first season with the Yankees, batting .238/.294/.384 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI in 103 games. He was signed to a five-year, $85 million free agent contract in November 2013 after nine great years with Atlanta.
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.