Tigers reliever Joakim Soria threw a simulated game this morning and felt good enough that he could be cleared to come off the disabled list as soon as Wednesday, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Soria has been out for a month with a strained oblique muscle, but threw 27 pitches today and previously avoided setbacks during multiple bullpen sessions last week. He called today “a big step” and with Tigers closer Joe Nathan sidelined by an elbow injury it’s possible that Soria could see some ninth-inning duties pretty quickly upon returning.
Soria appeared in just six games for the Tigers after they acquired him from the Rangers, for whom he had a 2.70 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio in 33 innings.
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.