Mets activate Daniel Murphy, move him to third base with David Wright shut down

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Daniel Murphy has made all 126 of his starts this season at second base and hasn’t played an inning at third base since 2011, but he returned from the disabled list last night and is at third base tonight with David Wright shut down for the season with shoulder problems.

Murphy had been out with a hamstring injury since August 24 and by shifting him to third base the Mets keep second base clear for 20-year-old rookie Dilson Herrera, who debuted last month and has fared pretty well through 10 career games.

Murphy’s last start at third base came on July 21, 2011. That day the Mets’ lineup also included Jose Reyes and Justin Turner as the double-play duo, Carlos Beltran, Angel Pagan, and Jason Pridie as the outfield, and Ronny Paulino at catcher.

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.